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Why we sing : an ode to our musical origins

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dc.contributor.advisor Thomas Levenson. en_US Subbaraman, Nidhi en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Graduate Program in Science Writing. en_US 2011-01-26T14:32:58Z 2011-01-26T14:32:58Z 2010 en_US
dc.description Thesis (S.M. in Science Writing)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Humanities, Graduate Program in Science Writing, 2010. en_US
dc.description "September 2010." Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 29-32). en_US
dc.description.abstract Music is part of human culture and has been around for several thousand years. In spite of its strong emotional appeal, the history of this human characteristic, and the source of its allure remain elusive. This thesis is a report from the front lines of research into the origins of human music, presenting four popular scenarios for the source of music. Music is treated as a homolog for gibbon song, as a co-evolver with language, as a sexually selected adaptation and as a cultural artifact that elicits universally reaching, culturally exclusive emotional responses from listeners. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Nidhi Subbaraman. en_US
dc.format.extent 32 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
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dc.subject Graduate Program in Science Writing. en_US
dc.title Why we sing : an ode to our musical origins en_US
dc.title.alternative Ode to our musical origins en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Science Writing en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Graduate Program in Science Writing. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 697840773 en_US

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