Looking for Beauty

February 9, 2014

Is there anything science won’t tackle? The latest question neuroscientists are taking on is, “What makes something beautiful?” We're checking in with the scientists, the philosophers and the artists in this hour.

  1. Beauty & Brains


    Is there anything science won't tackle? The lastest question, "What is beauty?" We talk with two neuroscientists and an art historian about the new field of neuroaesthetics.

    Average: 4.8 (4 votes)
  2. Sonic Sidebar: Umberto Eco on Beauty


    Philosopher and novelist Umberto Eco wrote a history of beauty. A few years later, he followed it up with a study of ugliness. Here’s what he found:

    There's more Umberto Eco here.

    Average: 4 (3 votes)
  3. Beauty & Justice - Elaine Scarry

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    These days beauty’s got a complicated reputation. One professor of literature and aesthetics at Harvard is giving beauty a makeover.

    Average: 4.4 (7 votes)
  4. Folksy Beauty


    This month a new show went up at the Milwaukee Art Museum, all about folk art. We stopped by to find the beauty behind folk art.

    Average: 4 (1 vote)
  5. BookMark: Ruth Ozeki


    Ruth Ozeki bookmarks "Kamikaze Diaries" by Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney.

    Average: 4 (1 vote)
  6. On Our Minds: Science Fiction


    Did you hear about our sci-fi short fiction contest? If you want some inspiration, here's Junot Diaz on why he's a big sci-fi fan.

    Average: 5 (4 votes)