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2020-10-26 8:17:13 PM  
The economy?
Population control?
Advancing technology?
 
2020-10-26 8:54:27 PM  
Killing nazis
Unfair tax representation
Research and technology
Dissolution of home owner associations
Removes orange stains
 
2020-10-26 9:36:02 PM  
I thought it was going to be about how Sabaton had annouced a new album..
 
2020-10-26 9:37:42 PM  
The theory appears to assume music started as an end in itself since these days it can be enjoyed by itself,

How about if music started up in support of dance to help the dancers keep to a rhythm? It could have started as hand claps, evolved to other  percussion, and eventually to tonal forms.

> The sexual-selection theory, however, is perhaps the most entrenched, dating back to Charles Darwin who first suggested that like bird-song, music was developed by humans to attract mates.

> "Sex and mating are a part of the story, but music seems to expand far beyond that particular domain," said Ed Hagen, an evolutionary anthropologist with Washington State University and a co-author on the study. "The sexual selection hypothesis doesn't really explain a core feature of music: that it is often performed in groups. It's also listened to and performed by both sexes."

> Hagen and his colleagues from Harvard and UCLA point out that if the sexual selection theory were true men would have developed superior music skills and women highly selective listening abilities-yet from simple observations and scientific experiments, both sexes show the similar levels of aptitude in each area.


That makes little sense.

Why not consider that dance can be used by both males and females to show off that they are not klutzes and help decide who to mate with?
 
2020-10-26 9:53:05 PM  

HairBolus: The theory appears to assume music started as an end in itself since these days it can be enjoyed by itself,

How about if music started up in support of dance to help the dancers keep to a rhythm? It could have started as hand claps, evolved to other  percussion, and eventually to tonal forms.

> The sexual-selection theory, however, is perhaps the most entrenched, dating back to Charles Darwin who first suggested that like bird-song, music was developed by humans to attract mates.

> "Sex and mating are a part of the story, but music seems to expand far beyond that particular domain," said Ed Hagen, an evolutionary anthropologist with Washington State University and a co-author on the study. "The sexual selection hypothesis doesn't really explain a core feature of music: that it is often performed in groups. It's also listened to and performed by both sexes."

> Hagen and his colleagues from Harvard and UCLA point out that if the sexual selection theory were true men would have developed superior music skills and women highly selective listening abilities-yet from simple observations and scientific experiments, both sexes show the similar levels of aptitude in each area.

That makes little sense.

Why not consider that dance can be used by both males and females to show off that they are not klutzes and help decide who to mate with?


I would totally get behind a movement where people often and randomly shout EVERYBODY DANCE NOW!


Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) (Official Video)
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2020-10-27 7:23:17 AM  

HairBolus: Why not consider that dance can be used by both males and females to show off that they are not klutzes and help decide who to mate with?


Instead of all that rigamarole, I prefer the traditional male sexual display to announce my willingness to mate:  Money.
 
2020-10-27 10:25:58 AM  
Seems to me that human development and enjoyment of "music" is more complex than that of animals because humans are more complex than animals.

I don't know if this falls under the "auditory cheesecake" hypothesis mentioned in the article, but what if humans simply enjoyed the "songs" of birds and other animals (being used for simpler, direct purposes) and decided to imitate them for their own enjoyment.  Finding later utility and secondary benefits of things we started doing just for amusement is kind of a key feature of humanity.
 
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