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Kiss and tell

Humans are a pretty odd bunch, and it's not very easy to explain some everyday aspects of our behaviour including financial decisions, says Steven Hennessy

21 March 2014

Let's just all think about kissing for a moment. Why do we find it pleasurable to share saliva? It's not essential to the propagation of our species, and is not something brought about by our genes.

How about something less messy, like blushing? Even Darwin struggled to explain why we evolved a response that so clearly lets others know that we have cheated or lied.

Despite the advances of anthropology, medicine and genetics, we still have no clear idea as to why we create art. Is it for sexual display, a learning tool or some form of social glue? Whatever its reason (and you may argue that there needn't be one) art, like kissing and blushing, refuses to be pinned down.

Nonetheless I think we can all agree that the human experience is enriched by their persistence across all social and geographical boundaries, and over many centuries of recorded history, despite their having little to do with our survival.

So, how does all ...

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