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Although the aesthetic appreciation of flowers is a well-known aspect of human behaviour, theories explaining its origin are missing. The only exception is the evolutionary theory of Heerwagen and Orians. Surprisingly, it has not yet been empirically tested.
Source : Evolutionary Human Sciences(2021), 3, e5, page 1 of 22
In order to try to discover why humans appear to have an inbuilt preference for flowers, in 2020, a research team from Charles University, Faculty of Science, Prague, Czech Republic, set up a series of experiments.
The experiments tested the theory of Heerwagen and Orians who, in 1995, suggested that flowers might be a cue for food availability (nectar etc.).
The theory was not confirmed.
Our data imply that human aesthetic responses to flowers cannot be explained solely by this factor, although it might play some role. However, we urgently need data from a broader cultural sample to confirm our limited findings. The question of why humans tend to aesthetically appreciate flowers seems to remain partly unexplored.
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