Certainly, there is no logical reason why life should be wedded to the transcendental value of beauty.
Imagine that you are an astronomer on a world with one moon. It is always night on your world, and the moon is the only body in the sky.
I remember watching the Apollo moon landings on TV from 1969 to 1972 as a child.
It was a dark and stormy night in Seattle yesterday until, I noticed, just when Mike Behe was scheduled to speak.
Adam Kirsch over the weekend had a thoughtful essay in the Wall Street Journal, meditating on the coming 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.