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Go to: Did Humans Invent Music?

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once upon a time the late, great doug hammond (legendary jazz drummer & composer) asked his students why they were making music.

this being a serious and fundamental question all of them gave some wishy-washy answers like "cause I want to express myself" and "music is universal" and stuff.

to which he replied: "bullshit. you're doing it for pussy!" which pretty much sums it up for me.

having said that not even I as a professional musician (and probably all the grey matter augmentation that goes with it) can believe that music is in any way hardwired in human brains. there is hardly any common denominator that makes it universal even within the same culture, as comments 10 & 11 illustrate, so I would also state that an ancient babylonian tribe would maybe not have much fun on a skrillex concert (though, who would?).

there's a nice comment about pattern recognition on the original page, which just about sums up my viewpoint on it. to me music is just sound that is a little better organized than ordinary noise, which makes it more appealing than ordinary noise. apart from that it's all conditioning.

also, I find it funny that the two guys debating are called "marcus & miller".

Sun, 22 Apr 2012 10:56:24 UTC | #936440

Go to: Afterword from Lawrence Krauss' New Book - A Universe From Nothing

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'fi' == '!' ?

Fri, 30 Dec 2011 20:19:10 UTC | #903865

Go to: What is public science, and why do you need it?

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Comment Removed by Author due to double post.

Comments don't appear on IE8 until I don' know when?

Wed, 14 Sep 2011 11:36:16 UTC | #870729

Go to: What is public science, and why do you need it?

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Comment 1 by Zarrakan :

Huge government is great ...

Unfortunately, suggesting anything like that in the US will result in representatives of at least one, if not all parties screaming 'socialist', and that's usually the end of the debate.

Wed, 14 Sep 2011 11:34:22 UTC | #870727

Go to: "The £9,000 tuition fees cap won't last – we're biting the bullet first"

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Every once in a while something happens that makes me glad to live in Austria.

As much as I love the art, science, music and apparent quality of education that came and still come from the UK, a five digit figure every year would scare me shitless.

Sat, 11 Jun 2011 20:27:33 UTC | #637305

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Comment 2 by Beethoven :

Unfortunately, atheists do not boast with musical geniuses like Bach, ...

Well, a lot of musicians have no clear thoughts on that matter, or don't feel the need to broadcast them.

Though, I tried it not so long ago:

Like it or not, give it a shot.

Sat, 29 Jan 2011 18:04:42 UTC | #585677