Most of us intimate that experiencing beauty has special value. We develop this intuition by noticing the transcendental qualities of aesthetic judgment; namely, that it requires human-level rationality, freedom from self-interest, and an understanding of others we are in relationship with. Additionally, I suggest that in the presence of the sublime beauty of awe-inducing scenes in nature, we can have quasi-religious experiences and apprehend the transcendental realm of morality.
Deepak Subburam has worked in quantitative finance and done research in machine-learning. He currently photographs the streets for their beauty, and reads philosophy. He holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. Deepak lives in New York, NY.