But wait! If we look at things from a different point of view, what is beauty? Beauty is a creation of man that he then turns around and ascribes to the universe. The universe is neither beautiful or ugly, it is simply just there. Our perception that it is beautiful is simply an evolutionary survival mechanisms to help us deal with the pain of survival. That is, the people with too negative of an outlook on the world didn't have a strong enough will to survive to have their DNA included in the next generation.
Can a philosophy that challenges the very existence of something as fundamental to human nature as beauty possible be something that people would be interested in? Or how about the question of free will? If man is but a machine, our very thoughts are determined not by anything within us, but programmed into our brain by external forces. That is our brains run the "software" that insures the survival of the species, having been tuned by countless generation of unsuccessful variations.
Philosophers struggle with the question of free will, the elusiveness of defining beauty, love, and many such questions, while the majority of mankind simple rejects or ignore these questions as being irreverent to human existence. Sometimes it seems the simple people of the world are more wise than the learned. Yet many people feel a responsibility to defend their faith in God through rational arguments. They feel a need to come up with a scientific reason to justify their belief. Why is a belief in God different than these other questions? Most everyone either religious or irreligious wants to believe in freewill and believes that beauty is real and not just an evolutionary coping mechanism.
On the other hand many people are looking for an excuse to attack science. Most people respect and fear science more than they like it. Science is difficult to understand, tedious, inflexible, and impersonal. It gives no regard for personal feelings. It can and does turn on anyone regardless of stature. Einstein was undoubtedly one of the greatest physicists of all times. He felt that the then new theory of quantum mechanics couldn't possibly be correct. Einstein wrote a series of letters to Neils Bohr in which he brought up a number of cases arguing that quantum mechanics predicted impossible results. Bohr was able to successfully refute his challenges to quantum mechanics. In one of these cases, Bohr used Einstein's own General Theory of Relativity to prove his point.