On Aesthetics

"Beauty is that which satisfies the æsthetic instinct. But who wants to be satisfied?”

Somerset Maugham, Cakes and Ale.

The study of æsthetics is the study of ideal form or beauty, which seems a bit paradoxical: plenty of beauty comes in things odd and imperfect. They're just more interesting. This collection is about those things.

In this collection:

Honey-bees are smarter than they should be. cover image

Honey-bees are smarter than they should be.

March 29, 2020 by Dorian Minors

Every now and then, the tiniest creatures show glimpses of the highest-orders of cognitive ability. What I mean by that is—there are plenty of animals that do very clever stuff they really shouldn't be able to do, given the way we currently conceptualise cognition. This doesn't just raise questions about how they do it, but also what really makes humans different.

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On attraction and love

March 13, 2020 by Dorian Minors

Much is written on the subject of attractiveness. It has become synonymous with beauty. Attractive celebrities, attractive influencers, attractive art. And through this myopic lens, attraction becomes something ugly. Something that people have or do not have. Something to be jealous of. Something to be torn down. But it doesn't have to be. It can actually be something very beautiful indeed.

The most powerful way to get someone to like you, is to like them first cover image

The most powerful way to get someone to like you, is to like them first

April 23, 2018 by Dorian Minors

One of our most powerful urges is to be liked. Strange to find, then, that one of the most powerful influences on our likeability is whether others think we like them—‘reciprocal liking’.


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