Music, Language and Cognitive Evolution
Presentation by Eugene Feygelson (London University) "Music, Language and Cognitive Evolution" in the framework of the Art History Seminar (58-60 Galernaya Street).
Discussion of the relationship between language and music has been central to musical research from ancient times (Plato, Boethius, Ibn Hindu, amongst many others) to the French Enlightenment thinkers (Condillac, Rousseau, Rameau) until now. However, with a culmination of evidence from archaeology, comparative and anatomical biology, neuroscience and other modern scientific fields, we may be closer than ever at unpicking the complex relationship between these parallel communication systems. Covering the work of modern theorists such as Steven Mithen, Ian Cross, Aniruddh Patel, Sandra Trehub, and W.Tecumseh Fitch, this lecture attempts to create a dialogue around the topics of music’s universality, its uniqueness to humans, and its specialization in terms of neural processing.