How do people see beauty – social experiment

In an experiment initiated by The Washington Post at the Metro subway station L’Enfant Plaza in Washington, D.C. on January 12, 2007, a man (Joshua Bell) with a violin plays something from Bach. The experiment was videotaped on a hidden camera and in this time almost 1097 people passed by.

The musician played the violin for 38 minutes without stopping. Only 7 people stopped for a minute to listen. About 20 people gave him money while they where passing by away. The man with a violin made ​​$ 32. When he finished playing there was no applause and that was pretty weird because this man was one of the best violonists.

He sang one of the most difficult and complex compositions of Bach on a Stradivarius violin dated from 1713 and worth of 3.5 million dollars. Two days before this Joshua Bell had a concert in Boston, where tickets have cost on average $ 100.

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One thought on “How do people see beauty – social experiment

  1. Andrea376

    I think people see beauty; what they fail is to observe the essence! You need feeling to understand and appreciate something like this. I am not stunned with their behavior, I guess we are trained to be an active part of uncertain world: the mechanical one!


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