Denis Dutton teaches philosophy at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. He is author of The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, and Human Evolution (Bloomsbury).

From luck and good timing, everyone survived the 7.1 magnitude quake that struck the New Zealand town of Christchurch on September 3. But Denis Dutton, who was only 12 miles from the epicenter, says it was still horrifying.