Seed Magazine interviews Denis Dutton, author of The Art Instinct.
What prompted you to make a connection between evolution and the arts?
The arts have a central place in human experience across the globe. They take place in all cultures in a spontaneously understood, pleasurable, make-believe world. The universality of the arts is crying out for some general explanation. In my view, only Darwin can supply it. We have to acknowledge first that these commonalities exist and then ask how we can explain them. That's what my book is about.