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SEMINAR: Archaeology Seminar Series

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Today's date is Monday, May 17, 2021
Archaeology Seminar Series : Was Music the Language of The Missing Link? The role of Musicality as an evolved component of human culture Other events...
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.
Speaker(s) Dr. Nicholas Bannan
Location Law Lecture Room 1, Room G.31
Contact Ana Paula Motta <[email protected]>
Start Thu, 09 May 2019 16:00
End Thu, 09 May 2019 17:00
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <[email protected]>
Last Updated Fri, 03 May 2019 09:38
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