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In the middle of the eighteenth century, the Scottish philosopher David Hume wrote: ‘Beauty is no quality in things themselves: It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them.’

Everything we see is filtered in our mind through a million different things, through our past experiences, our sensitivity, our memories and so on and so forth. The final image is a product processed individually and may have such various forms in different people's minds. "I saw a beautiful mosque in Shiraz" uttered by person X may be a totally incomprehensible statement for person Y as he may have seen there only a pile of stones combined into a structure.
There is no such thing as objective beauty. If there was it would mean it could be defined by a theory, a mathematical formula that can be proven. Even if the world is ruled by numbers: atoms, molecules, chromosomes, it does no mean we can apply them to everything, that one day scientists will find this Holy Grail they're looking for, this Unfied Theory of everything that implies that everything we are, everything we do, everything we create can be reduced to a simple mathematical formula. It is not possible, is it? Or is it only higly improbable?

Sorry for the digression.I really did like the mosque here, the interior is covered with a milion pieces of small mirrors that reflect the light. Whether it's beautiful or not- well, for that you have to go there and decide for yourself.

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