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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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Denis Dutton and Nancy Etcoff: Are We Hard-Wired for Beauty?

Psychologist Nancy Etcoff explains why beauty inspires and motivates us. Etcoff says our response to beauty is visceral.

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