Brainiac book club week 3 - Daniel Levitin


Dr. Daniel Levitin of McGill University has written several books that touch on music and the brain. He is best known for This Is Your Brain On Music and The World in Six Songs, books that have certainly made the media rounds throughout the years. So instead of focusing explicitly on any one of his publications in book club this week (though we tip our hat and want to point them out in this space), we're offering some extended audio from Roberta's discussion with Dr.Levitin about mammalian brain systems and our natural wiring for music and rhythm. 

As we hear in the show and in book club this week, music is speculated to have evolved as an empathy enabler amidst very competitive and violent primates (our cousins). This segment follows that thought through to explain how this adaptation may have led to the first cooperative human labour structures via the synchronous firing of neurons to work songs. Our motor pathways and music pathways made large scale labour possible. 

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