Why Do People Sing?

Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by Trooper, Jun 21, 2014.

  1. Trooper Secular Sanity Valued Senior Member

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    Why Do People Sing? Music in Human Evolution by Joseph Jordania

    Has anyone read this book? If so, what did you think?

    Joseph Jordania claims that early humans developed a unique defense he calls the Audio-Visual Intimidation Display.

    "My suggestion is that our ancestors turned loud singing into a central element of their defense system against predators. They started using loud, rhythmic singing and shouting accompanied by vigorous, threatening body movements and object throwing to defend themselves from predators."

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  3. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    I haven't read the book but I'm confident there were multiple origins, including ceremony & expressing feelings initially by shouting & screaming which led to chanting and so on.
     
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  5. KitemanSA Registered Senior Member

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    Cuz it is fun (and gets the girls).
     
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  7. kx000 Valued Senior Member

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    It's natural to sing to people. It promotes joy and positivity, its fun, and as he said it gets the girls. Music makes life grow and go around. We need things to do.
     
  8. Trooper Secular Sanity Valued Senior Member

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    True dat!

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