Levitin/The World in Six Songs. Page 3. Chapter 1. Taking it from the top or. "The Hills Are Alive" On my desk right now I have a stack of music CDs that. The author of the New York Times bestseller This Is Your Brain on Music reveals music's role in the evolution of human culture in this thought-provoking. Is Your Brain on Music" and "The World in Six Songs". He's about to give a lecture in the Library's Music and the Brain Series. Daniel Levitin is. James McGill .

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The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature [Daniel J. Levitin] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The author of. “The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Cre- ated Human Nature”, by Daniel J. Levitin. New York: Dutton, (ISBN: Hard cover. The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature is a popular science . Print/export. Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version.

Music does that. No one can confidently second-guess why natural selection works the way it does and such guesses often drift into Lamarckism…. The act of making a hypothesis is what stirs the debate.

Why do some songs move one person, but bore another? Why can we remember songs and lyrics better than prose? Why do some cultures have different rhythms, sounds and tones? Why does music mean so much to us?

On a personal note, music moves me constantly, continually, deeply. I awake with songs in my dreams, I walk the dogs to the beat of songs I hear in my head.

I hear music and rhythm in everything. I am driven almost to obsession to make music, to play along with music I hear, to arrange and recreate songs for my current instruments. It is within us, genetic, evolutionary and organic.

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There is no life without music. Playing along with a group of ukulele players, many of them who are newcomers to making music, I can appreciate the power — the collectivizing, healing, invigorating and ameliorating power — of music.

I play with them because it fulfills a need to make music, to participate in music. Music most of all, for me, is a means for expression. Reading this book is, in fact, a bit like reading the lyrics of an unknown song: the music seems to lie tantalisingly out of reach.

Post Stats. Most of all, you realize quickly that very few people had much input when he researched this book. He quotes Sting constantly, probably because Sting was one of the few people that agreed to be interviewed. I do not want to trash the book completely. His idea that music influenced brain development in Homo sapiens is original and clever. There will probably prove to be some truth to it, but clearly the cart is at least partially in front of the horse.

It is still a thoughtful and entertaining book, but it pales in comparison to Levitin's first book. site Edition Verified download. Not nearly as good as "This is your brain on music". Although the core ideas are very interesting, the book should be much shorter. The author delves into too many and too long personal stories to go to the point.

One person found this helpful. Very interesting read. A bit redundant at times, but a good read introducing the role of music cross-culturally. Wonderful read! Presents a perspective on music that is expansive and fascinating! Hardcover Verified download.

Wonderful, interesting book. Deals with origins of music and relationship of music to the brain among other topics.

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It is a friendly, joyous, comforting, knowledgeable, religious, and lovely book. An amazing piece of work. Goldberg "Rewarding. As a professor at McGill University, he is now doing pioneering research on how music relates to the brain and vice versa.

This book documents his studies and offers some unique theories. A fascinating read. Levitin goes beyond mere taxonomy in The World In Six Songs, by giving us a comprehensive genealogy and historical perspective on each song type, as well as audaciously tying together diverse scientific, philosophical and theological strands.

Levitin is to be commended for approaching this subject with passion and verve and giving us a buffet of food for thought.

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Through interviews with musicians and evolutionary biologists and his own scientific research, Levitin forms a compelling argument. As important as this work is, Levitin keeps things light. The result is a tremendously fun yet thought-provoking book. Egan "I'll be goddamned if Levitin didn't just figure out what makes me tick and what would make the debacle called Humanity happier in the process.

This one's worth not just a read but a couple of wonderful re-reads. In his erudite, accessible book, Daniel Levitin charts the evolutionary link between music and the brain. For other readers, this is a literary, poetic, scientific and musical treat waiting to be discovered. It works much like a great piece of pop music, whose combined elements can induce feelings of enlightenment and euphoria. Levitin is able to show off his natural passion and estimable aptitude for writing about music.

Levitin presents his information in a scientific yet approachable manner and keeps what could be a very heavy topic fun and anecdotal.

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More than that, the book is fun. Who would have thought that a scientific hypothesis could be supported by the "Slinky" song or by Dylan's "Death is Not the End?As a professor at McGill University, he is now doing pioneering research on how music relates to the brain and vice versa.

Paperback Verified download. Storytelling songs? Levitin Country U.

It makes a purely Socratic distinction about something that isn't intellectualizable. Wonderful, interesting book. Daniel J.

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