It was not until a few days ago that the memory of that rock coincided with a post of Amie’s. In it, she linked out to a very illuminating video explaining the role natural selection plays in shaping our aesthetic tastes. It seems we have been remarkably consistent in our preference for the shape of rocks, or at least in those rocks that humans have been chipping away at for millennia.
In my previous post I trailed off wondering about the “market” for art. Thanks to Dennis Dutton I had some guidelines at predicting a soon to be established market value of this rock, so I should be less surprised than I was by the price of that photograph. But, surprise.