The Aesthetics of Human Cognition
16 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2018
Date Written: September 22, 2018
Aesthetics is generally understood as considerations of taste, beauty, and pleasure in the arts. However, the aesthetic faculty depends on eight interrelated elements that constitute all human cognitive activity. Memory, imagination, knowledge, experience, discrimination, expertise, judgment, and creative activity constrain and are constrained by how much we apply them — or don’t apply them — to all the different aspects of our lives, empathetically and ethically. Together, they give rise to all our apprehensions and understandings of the worlds of which we are a part. The aesthetic faculty is therefore as much a part of scientific creativity as it is of the arts.
Keywords: aesthetics, poetics, cognition, science
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