Do we need beauty to enjoy ourselves, or do we need it to survive? TED hide caption

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Do we need beauty to enjoy ourselves, or do we need it to survive?

Do we need beauty to enjoy ourselves, or do we need it to survive?

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What Is Beauty?

TED speakers suggest reasons why humans are hardwired to crave and respond to beauty.

Beauty surrounds us, draws us in, gives joy and creates conflict. In this hour, TED speakers conjure up beauty both ancient and modern, and suggest reasons why humans are hardwired to crave and respond to beauty.

Philosopher Denis Dutton suggests that humans are hard-wired to seek beauty. James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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Are Some Things Universally Beautiful?

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"Beauty draws us in...It takes us outside ourselves and it motivates us. It's essential to life and to happiness." Asa Mathat/TED hide caption

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Are We Hard-Wired For Beauty?

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"Beauty is not just for the imagination. It's actually a way of altering human behavior for the better." — Bill Strickland TED hide caption

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Can Beauty Change A Life?

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