Highly Recognized Darwinian Physiologist Speaks at Art Insights

Published: October 26, 2006 | Read Time: 1 minutes

The SUU Department of Art and Design will feature Geoffrey Miller, a widely recognized Darwinian psychologist from the University of New Mexico, in this weeks Art Insights presentation. The presentation will be Thursday, November 2nd at 7 p.m. in the Randal L. Jones Theatre. He will present, Sexual selection, beauty, and creativity based off his book, The mating mind: how sexual choice shaped the evolution of human nature (2000).

Dr. Miller will present a non-technical discussion on human aesthetic creativity and beauty that arises naturally from human competition to attract the interest of their mates.

Eric Brown, Chair of the Department of Art and Design states, “Geoffrey Miller has done some fascinating psychological studies about the biological reasons why people make art. Surprisingly, people are not the only animals that make art. These revelations will give us insight into ourselves. I think that everyone will find his lecture provocative, insightful, meaningful, and perhaps even humorous. His humor certainly comes through in his writing style.”

Miller received his PH.D. from Stanford University in 1993 and research has attracted considerable media coverage. He has published many papers discussing visual perception, cognition, learning, human mate choice, evolutionary game theory and the origins of language, music, culture, and intelligence.

Art Insights is a weekly program hosted during the Fall and Spring semesters by the Art and Design faculty. Art Insights brings professionals from many different fields of the visual art world to Cedar City. Admission is free, and the general public is invited to attend.

For more information on the SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts events, please call (435) 865-8800, or visit www.suu.edu/arts.

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