Music, Communication & Consciousness Evolution

Music Can Be Defined an Universal Communication Tool with Opposite Properties: It is Semantic, but in a Different way than Language. Music is Directed at Increasing a sense of “Shared Intentionality” and the Eternal Cooperation between the Musician/Composer and Listener.

From Concepts to Emotions: How Music Works

Our Mind Understands the World in Terms of Concepts. Concepts are Neural Representations that Operate as Mental Models of Objects and Events. The Musicians/ Composer utilize mainly Concepts to Create a Musical Representation of his Rational/Instinctive or Emotional Inspiration.

Instincts are Mechanisms of Survival that are much more Ancient than Mechanisms of Concepts. They are Related to our Unconscious as they are Difficult to Extrapolate Because Connected to a Thick and Complex Networks Subjective of Meanings related to Different Consciousness Dimensions.

Instincts are also Internal Sensors that Measure Vital Organism Parameters Important for Normal Functioning, Survival Reactions and Emotions.

Emotions are Neural Signals Connecting Instinctual and Conceptual Brain Regions governed  Neural Signals that can Be Chemical and Electrical.

The Indeterminacy of Musical Meanings and the Consciousness Evolution 

“Music’s Major Role is Social, it Serves as an “Honest Signal” (that is, it “Reveals Qualities of a Signaller to a Receiver”) with Nonspecific Goals.” Daniel Levitin

This Property of Music, “the Indeterminacy of Meaning or Floating Intentionality,” allows for Individual Interactions Maintaining different “Goals and Meanings” that may Conflict. Thus Music “Promotes the Alignment of Participants’ Sense of Goals.” 

To Demonstrate this Theory Daniel Levitin classified Music in Six Different Types, Fulfilling Six Fundamental Needs and Basic Emotions: Friendship, Joy, Comfort, Knowledge, Religion, Love. 

As Levitin Affirms, Music has always Played an Inportant Role in Shaping our Minds, Social and Personal Beliefs and the Whole Mankind also if it is Generally Believed a Simple Entertainment or Pastime. 

He also Suggests that Origins of Music derived from Animal Cries and it Functions Today Essentially in the same Way, Communicating Emotions.  

Emotions Motivate us to Take Action: “Emotions and Motivation are two Sides of the same Evolutionary Coin.” It is more difficult to Fake Sincerity in Music than in Spoken Language.” The Reason that Music Evolved this Way as an “Honest Signal” was because it “Simply” Coevolved with the Human Brain.

Many American Researchers involved in Scientific Studies about Music Intent is to Discover how Music Interfered with our Evolution and in what Way all this Music made us What we are Today as Individual and as Society.

An Ambitious Goal, which Levitin Proposes to Reach Through an Interdisciplinary Research Purposely Kept in Balance between an Anthropological Vision and a more Modern NeuroSciencientific Approach.

Author: Cristina Capucci 

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