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Does evolutionary biology have an explanation for human appreciation of the beauty of nature?
I see the obvious explanation for human appreciation of female/male beauty or sexuality. That facilitates reproduction. I see the explanation of human love, too--it encourages society and cooperation, which in turn, increase survival, and the opportunity to have sex.
But what is the explanation for the human appreciation of a beautiful sunset? It seems to me like a man gazing off at the sunset contemplating its beauty only serve to make him vulnerable to a wild animal attack. I can't see how appreciation of beauty forwards man's survival the way increased reasoning and intelligence do.