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Re: Great speech video on "Sound"

Yes, I can second that. I read the two books ("Musicophilia" and "This is your brain on music") in direct succession, and they complement each other very nicely.

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Datum: Thu, 28 Oct 2010 11:20:51 -0500
Von: cpr@musetrap.com
An: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com, Mark Showalter <folkstone57@operamail.com>
Betreff: Re: Great speech video on "Sound"

Another interesting book that visits the brain/music topic is
"Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain" by Oliver Sacks...


Quoting Mark Showalter <folkstone57@operamail.com>:

> There is an interesting book by Daniel Levitin, "The world in six
> songs". It's about music and how it could have helped humans to
> survive. He talks about the co-evolution of music and the brain, how
> deeply music is engrained in our nature and how it helps us to bond,
> to cooperate or to transfer information. As neuroscientist and
> musician, he can approach the subject from both sides. I highly
> recommend the book (as well as his other one "This is your brain on
> music").
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> Datum: Wed, 27 Oct 2010 16:38:01 +0200
> Von: Per Boysen <perboysen@gmail.com>
> An: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
> Betreff: Re: Great speech video on "Sound"
> On Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 4:20 PM, John Cecil Price
> <johncecilprice@hotmail.com> wrote:
> > a more interesting question here would be just why do we
> human's even need
> > to tell stories-make music/art, etc., in the 1st place?
> ///////
> > Or is there a genetic trigger drawing us all to
> storytelling-songs, etc?
> I thinks so. That idea came to me from a radio documentary where
> they
> compared a typical five year old children with a typical
> chimpanzee.
> I'd like to know how they came up with that determination,
> especially since I work in a branch of healthcare & I don't think
> most of the sup's/managers have the intellect of a 5 year old.
> Chimp, I mean........
> They are of equal intellectual capacity but the huge difference
> is in
> sharing stories. The five year child is constantly telling
> stories -
> about anything and to whomever want (or doesn't) to listen - but
> the
> chimp just sits silent until a need of any kind arises.
> My comment to this is, did the documentary explore any of the
> reasons those chimps we're sharing stories? Did they see if
> perhaps the chimps simply didn't like the children they were
> forced to be with? Or perhaps the chimps found that the children
> simply jabbered on so much they couldn't get a word in edgewise?
> Did anyone ask the chimps if they were so bored with the children
> jabbering on that they didn't want to make the verbal onslaught
> any worse? Perhaps the chimps were really stuck-up & refused to
> have anything to do with such creatures as children. The
> chimps might have thought that children were an evolutionary
> dead-end & really, what was the point since they would be extinct
> sometime in the future & telling chimp stories would be wasted on
> the children. Also, if the chimps actually just sat there
> silently, did anyone check to see if the chimps were still
> breathing? Or hadn't been self-medicating to get through the
> study? It seems to me that there are a lot of unanswered
> questions here, not the least of which might be did the study
> accidentally get a bunch of mute chimps? I mean, the last time I
> was a 5 year old & was in a study comparing humans to chimps,
> those bloody chimps would never shut up! They would just go on &
> on about the most mundane things like bannanas & climbing trees &
> daring one chimp to hold a bannana while climbing a tree, ect ect
> .... Goodness it was almost unbearable!
> Greetings from Sweden
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