SEMINAR: Archaeology Seminar Series
|Archaeology Seminar Series : Was Music the Language of The Missing Link? The role of Musicality as an evolved component of human culture
Over the last forty years or so, speculation about the origins and purpose of music within the disciplines
devoted to human evolution has moved from being almost systematically ignored to centre stage. This paper
sets out some of the historical influences on this change in the value placed on Music, as well as proposing why
the topic is significant. It presents and evaluates the trajectories of complementary theories for the role and
universality of Music from Darwin and his immediate predecessors, and reviews new contributions to the
debate that are appearing with increasing frequency in literatures as diverse as: pre-natal learning; acoustic
archaeology; geriatric medicine; cognitive development; social intelligence; and hemispherical integration.
In conclusion, the paper will illustrate the possibility that music, rather than being a luxury that emerged as a
side-benefit of language, may have played a part in the development of symbolic thinking, religious ritual, and
theory of mind at an early stage in modern human cultural development.
Dr. Nicholas Bannan
Law Lecture Room 1, Room G.31
Ana Paula Motta
Thu, 09 May 2019 16:00
Thu, 09 May 2019 17:00
Karen Eichorn <[email protected]>
Fri, 03 May 2019 09:38
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