That's beautiful

Could a neuroaesthetics succeed where generations of philosophers haven't: create a universal theory of beauty?

[R]ecent work by several researchers at University CollegeLondon — including the establishment of the first major grant-driven research program for the neurobiological investigation of aesthetics, or neuroaesthetics — has made the first steps toward a unified biocultural theory of art. An object's beauty may not be universal, but the neural basis for appreciating beauty probably is. The researchers' initial discoveries and the increasing formalization of the field promise to open the way for the first time to an understanding of beauty based on something other than speculation. (emphasis supplied)