Re: Darwinian Processes and Memes in Architecture

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    >The unbiased human mind applies selection criteria that give the most
    positive emotional >feedback from a built structure. This is something we have
    evolved to do: we >instinctively avoid pain and discomfort and seek pleasure. If
    a design (and, by extension, >the building when finished) provides joy to
    the architect, then one can expect the user >to share that experience. The same
    does not follow, however, when purely intellectual >selection criteria
    replace those based on emotions. What one person believes in >ideologically is not
    necessarily shared by others. Modernism was very successful at >convincing
    people to forgo sensual pleasure from built forms, as minimal surfaces and
    >spaces offer less visual stimulation than human neurophysiology is built to
    handle [22]. >Memes help us to understand why architectural styles that give
    emotional satisfaction >were replaced by those that don't.

    This seems to be some general misunderstanding flowing around.
    Emotions aren't unbound reactions shared in exactly the same way.
    Something might cause feelings of dislike in someone while someone
    else get's emotional pleasure out of.

    This kind of writing seems to guess that emotions are independent from
    the rest of our thinking process. Emotions ARE bound to our ideology and
    Thougts can be the cause for emotions as emotions can be the cause for
    it's a co-operative process which isn't still completely researched and

    Furtheron, i feel kind of annoyed by people using memetics theory for
    their personal tastes and giving pseudo-evidence to prove that their
    taste is universal true for everyone. Where's the science in there?

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