Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length

Evolution of music and language

Evolution of music and language
March 18, 2012, 07:42:24 PM
Quote
I believe that language and music are, indeed, not part of our core—that we never evolved by natural selection to engage in them. The reason we have such a head for language and music is not that we evolved for them, but, rather, that language and music evolved—culturally evolved over millennia—for us. Our brains aren’t shaped for these pinnacles of humankind. Rather, these pinnacles of humankind are shaped to be good for our brains.

But how on Earth can one argue for such a view? If language and music have shaped themselves to be good for non-linguistic and amusical brains, then what would their shapes have to be?

They’d have to possess the auditory structure of…nature. That is, we have auditory systems which have evolved to be brilliantly capable at processing the sounds from nature, and language and music would need to mimic those sorts of sounds in order to harness—to “nature-harness,” as I call it—our brain.

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2012/03/15/are-we-%E2%80%9Cmeant%E2%80%9D-to-have-language-and-music/

Author is an over-educated chihuahua, but he makes a good point.