• Ajin Madhavan

Why do humans find flowers beautiful?



We simply love flowers, perceive them beautiful, which makes them our favourite. However, our affection towards flowers did not simply evolve in a day. Imagine our ancestors, who were searching for the food in the forest, when some wildflower caught their eyes and they went behind it. Sounds strange, right? I think it had never happened in the past, as our primary goals were food and shelter. It seems that ancient civilizations might not have been so concerned with anniversaries and holidays. Nevertheless, they began cultivating flowers even thousands of years ago. Now everybody - every country and culture, love them. Flowers genuinely create happiness and awake our positive emotions. In our daily lives, we see them as symbol of love, greetings, gratitude, appreciation, and much more.

During the evolutionary process, flowers were becoming more and more capable to entice humans, along with the other pollinators. However, it is a matter of their existence and nature that gave them a number of adaptations to present themselves as the best thing on Earth. Delightful colors, symmetrical structure, soft texture and fragrance are some of the key features of flowers. Hence, in general, flowers adopted all kinds of ways to attract their pollinators to ensure their survival, which makes them highly successful individuals. Certainly, humans are pollinators as well. Even though we are restricted when it comes to sensing the biggest part of the electromagnetic spectrum, we are still capable to recognize a broad array of colours in the visible spectrum. These colours make visual impact to urge their clients to go and check. It is like a welcome call: Hey you! Come visit me, I have what you need! In fact, flowers do not need to be stunningly beautiful, but the overall appearance, shape and the right combination of colours are necessary.


Regarding the human appreciation for flowers, there are a few arguments. Few experts say there could be some genes in common which may be the reason for the possible attraction. Some researchers argue that our attraction to them is purely societal and we love them because we are supposed to do so. However, the human brain gets an impression about a flower mainly through the visual impact along with other sensory features, which stimulate the exact sensory areas in our brain and generate happy hormones. Primarily, it is the striking colour, which immediately energize our senses. Therefore, these signals from the flower connect to the exact areas where the flower want them to, and it is highly successful to do so.


What actually happens, in reality, becomes more interesting and unreal if we dig deeper in this subject. How actually do the signals work without any connections? The impressive array of photoreceptors in our eyes is capable of receiving a broad range of wavelengths (visible spectra). When the light particle hits a set of atoms, part of the energy is absorbed by the electrons, who then release some part of the mentioned energy, while changing their energy levels. It is the reflected wavelengths, which we sense as colours. In general, these signals are tiny energy packets with different energy levels, which further interact with our receptors. There can be some similarities in fundamental particles between the flowers and photoreceptors, to make a specific colour. Do they have a quantum connection or an entanglement?



Quantum entanglement concept is one of the strangest aspects of quantum physics. Albert Einstein used to dislike the theory of quantum mechanism and call it “spooky action at a distance.” In quantum physics, entangled particles remain connected so that actions performed on one affect the other, even when they are separated by great distances. Interestingly, over the past few decades, physicists proved entanglement between the particles at a distance. Here, I will leave and let you think further. Yes, we are connected with nature through the invisible entanglement of fundamental particles, which is beyond our normal perception. All that we sense and feel certainly has a hidden meaning. In this same way we connect with the flowers, too.





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