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The Resource Harnessed : how language and music mimicked nature and transformed ape to man, Mark Changizi, (electronic resource)

Harnessed : how language and music mimicked nature and transformed ape to man, Mark Changizi, (electronic resource)

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Harnessed : how language and music mimicked nature and transformed ape to man
Title
Harnessed
Title remainder
how language and music mimicked nature and transformed ape to man
Statement of responsibility
Mark Changizi
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The scientific consensus is that our ability to understand human speech has evolved over hundreds of thousands of years. After all, there are whole portions of the brain devoted to human speech. We learn to understand speech before we can even walk, and can seamlessly absorb enormous amounts of information simply by hearing it. Surely we evolved this capability over thousands of generations. Or did we? Portions of the human brain are also devoted to reading. Children learn to read at a very young age and can seamlessly absorb information even more quickly through reading than through hearing. We know that we didn't evolve to read because reading is only a few thousand years old. In "Harnessed," cognitive scientist Mark Changizi demonstrates that human speech has been very specifically designed" to harness the sounds of nature, sounds we've evolved over millions of years to readily understand. Long before humans evolved, mammals have learned to interpret the sounds of nature to understand both threats and opportunities. Our speech--regardless of language--is very clearly based on the sounds of nature. Even more fascinating, Changizi shows that music itself is based on natural sounds. Music--seemingly one of the most human of inventions--is literally built on sounds and patterns of sound that have existed since the beginning of time"--
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Changizi, Mark A
Dewey number
599.93/8
LC call number
GN281.4
LC item number
.C43 2011
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  • Human evolution
  • Language and languages
  • Language acquisition
  • Cognition
  • Music and language
  • Musical perception
  • Music
  • Music
Label
Harnessed : how language and music mimicked nature and transformed ape to man, Mark Changizi, (electronic resource)
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
OCM1bookssj0000537434
Dimensions
21 cm.
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
242 pages
Isbn
9781935618539
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2011010364
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
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(WaSeSS)ssj0000537434
Label
Harnessed : how language and music mimicked nature and transformed ape to man, Mark Changizi, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
OCM1bookssj0000537434
Dimensions
21 cm.
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
242 pages
Isbn
9781935618539
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2011010364
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0000537434

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