I’m biased (and also right) about this. Music makes us human. And “scientists” agree with me. So, there. OK, I’ll drop the attitude and share some gratitude.
But there IS a lot of evidence that music makes us human.
No, it’s obviously not the only thing. And not even the main thing. But music is an amazing and complicated marker, among many markers, for what makes us human.
I read an article about how people with advanced dementia can make sudden, remarkable improvements in cognition when they hear familiar music. “Scientists” discovered how music can “wake up” brains that are almost completely gone. The article I read said the results they saw were “sometimes truly magical and inexplicable.” (side note: their use of inexplicable is why I put quotation marks around “scientists”)
Those “scientists” said those dementia sufferers seem to “come back” for a bit as they listen to familiar songs they love. And they call music a “proto-language.” Think of it as how parents talk to a baby.
So. A music is a language, eh? I believe I’ve mentioned that a lot more than once here on my website. And I’ve talked about how that’s just one of many indicators that evolution is a stupid theory. And those “scientists” determined that “music appreciation appears to be embedded or wired into nearly all regions of the brain.”
“Wired into.” Hmm…that would imply a wirer. Someone who wired music into your brain.
Who ever could that have been?
Also, those same “scientists” say that “music seems to be tied in closely with love and relationships.” What possible evolutionary purpose would that serve? (that was a rhetorical question)
Finally, the research shows that music has a “clear, powerful physiological effect” on social bonding. And because of that the conclusion appears to be self evident. It’s so important to your brain’s design that music is “an indispensable part of what makes us human.”
Give me songs to wake the brain waves
Through my often cluttered mind.
Give me sonic repercussions
No one else will ever find.
And a musical sensation
With connections to the source
Of all music and creation.
Yes, please give me that, of course.
© 2020 Tony Funderburk
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