chapter two ; author says that the brain is a prediction machine – always monitoring its environment (unconsciously??) when it comes across something that does not fit its predictions it stops and pays attentiion
would that explain the power of art? why would we pay attention? how would the act of paying attention be pleasurable to us? how would the act of paying attention contribute to our survival?
I think I work on this very simple understanding of evolution: things that helped us survive were things that we did a lot because they were pleasurable. so did it take an individual who did an action and enjoyed doing it and that action was favourable to the survival of that individual.
how would the act of paying attention give rise to emotional responses to art so that we are moved to sadness or to a sense of beauty and significance