(noun) Causes and consequences of population characteristics, in blog form
Monday, July 6, 2009
Evolutionary origins of music
An article in the WSJ a few days ago gathered some interesting perspectives about the origins of music appreciation in humans, on the occasion of archaeologists' discovering 35,000 year-old flutes. The Journal article quotes cognitive archaeologist Steven Mithen talking about the social uses of music, either to express unity or emotions, or potentially in coordinating stone-age construction or toolmaking.