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In this week’s episode of Science Saturday, John Horgan chats with philosopher Denis Dutton about his book, “The Art Instinct,” which argues that our artistic values are due, in significant part, to biological adaptations dating back to the Pleistocene.

Next, John and Denis discuss sex and creativity, why there is no art of smell, and the appeal for highly abstract art.


  1. #1 Coturnix
    January 31, 2009

    Dutton was on Colbert the other night and did really well, played along in a way that is rare to see on Colbert Show by any guest. You should find and post that clip!

  2. #2 Denis Dutton
    January 31, 2009

    Hey, thanks, Coturnix! It was a hellish experience, but at least I knew who Colbert was. My warm-up act, Paul McCartney, did not. BTW, out of character, Colbert is a lovely chap.

    Denis Dutton

  3. #3 Coturnix
    February 1, 2009

    The clip is here.