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Music, language, and evolution

Daniel Barenboim is currently giving the Reith Lectures on the place of music in human culture. Anyone who finds this interesting may wish to look at Steven Mithen’s new book, “The Singing Neanderthals”, which looks at this question from the evolutionary perspective.

Mithen believes that the Neanderthals communicated by an earlier form of language that originated far back in our evolutionary history and combined elements of music and language. Like his other books, this one is very readable and full of exciting ideas.Read the review.

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