There are two kinds of view situations that are primally relevant to our deepest mammalian heritage. One is the refuge view. Evolutionary biologists speculate that this tracks back all the way to our times as tree-dwelling pre-hominids. Refuge views are connected to nesting, and feeling safely nested.
Our deep evolutionary biology seems to appreciate in particular two kinds of visual situations. The first is a vista view, and it generally happens when we are elevated and able to look out over a wide field of view. Evolutionary biologists theorize that this has to do with our descent from the trees, and the safety and advantage of being up high, with the ability to see.
This is contrasted with refuge views. Refuge views are comforting, close, intimate. They correlate with being protected, being held close, surrounded. Refuge views are more correlated with nesting.
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Humans have probably always been awed by the natural world.
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