Friday, November 04, 2016

Is music a supernormal stimulus?

Fragment of an interview of Richard Dawkins with Steven Pinker for the documentary series The Genius of Charles Darwin (UK Channel 4 Television, 2008). Pinker explains again why music is not an adaptation, but should be seen as a kind of 'supernormal stimulus' - adding the phrase people in music hate this theory....

For a full one hour of uncut footage see here.

ResearchBlogging.orgHoning, H. (2011). Muziek is geen luxe... maar wat dan wel? Academische Boekengids, 88, 2-4.

ResearchBlogging.orgHoning, H. (2012). If music isn’t a luxury, what is it? Journal of Music, Technology and Education, 5 (1), 114-117 DOI: 10.1386/jmte.5.1.109_5

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