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36 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 21 February 2008 07:14PM

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Comment author: Doug_S. 22 February 2008 12:25:39AM 3 points [-]

"I think it has to do with admiration of craftsmanship: work going in and wonder coming out. What the included items have in common is the similar aesthetic emotions that they inspire, and the deliberate human effort that went into them with the intent of producing such an emotion."

Yeah, that's a lot like what I said. ;) It's not a perfect Aristotellian or mathematical definition, but it's about as good as any other phrase I can think of to point at the similarity cluster commonly called "art". Also, "art" is a word used to sneak in the connotation "worthy of respect and appreciation", as illustrated by a question like "Can [X] be art?" where X could be a video game, mathematical proof, programming language, newspaper editorial, photograph, comic book, or anything else that some people admire and some don't.

/me shrugs

More fun with words:

Programming is the art of figuring out what you want so precisely that even a machine can do it.

Diplomacy is the art of saying "Nice Doggie" while you find a rock.

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.

(Bonus points for finding a source for each of these quotes.)