Part 3: The Essence of Being Human
For more than 30,000 years, humans have been creating works of art in an astounding range of genres, including painting, sculpture, music, and architecture. But, why?
Art does not add function. Art does not enhance utility. A room is just as functional if there is no art on the walls. A plate is just as useful if there is no decoration.
In Part 3, Dr. Wallach discusses the proposition that human beings have a fundamental need for personal and emotional expression. Art is the way to do that. It is the uniquely human appreciation of aesthetics that is the essence of humanity. It is what separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom.