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Radical (In a Good Way) Evolutionary Perspective,
This review is from: Harnessed: How Language and Music Mimicked Nature and Transformed Ape to Man (Paperback)
Changizi has made a career out of fleshing out radical yet compelling ideas about how our species has evolved, and this book is no exception. Like other sensory systems, the auditory system evolved to interpret the natural environment. Language and music are both human inventions designed to be utilized by and appeal to this system. Given these assumptions, the seemingly radical notion that music and language mimic natural sounds becomes almost inevitable. As with much of his previous work, Changizi draws from a wide spectrum of evidence to make compelling arguments out of what first appear to be out-there ideas. While this is serious science, it is written in a very accessible and conversational manner with a healthy dose of humor. A must-read for anyone interested in where science can, but has yet dare to go.