Language before music – Music before language?

June 30, 2021 0 Comments

So what if …
did you see the sound
Could you hear the thought?
Could you smell the right way?
What if it were spirals …

It is very likely that human predecessors intuitively appreciated that the world formed around spirals and responded to the perception of sound in a much more holistic way with its body-mind connection.

Recently (early 2009) little furry mutants in Leipzig started making slightly more serious ultrasonic hisses.

This was the result of an experiment conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. The scientists ambitiously created a mouse strain that contains the human variant of a gene, called FOXP2.

It is a gene associated with several critical tasks, including the human capacity for language.

Not surprisingly, a recent comparison of those with the new gene in place showed that these mice did, in fact, communicate differently with each other, using slightly more severe ultrasonic hissing. What’s even more intriguing: nerve cells growing in one region of the brain show a marked level of greater complexity than those in unaltered mice.

These anthropological explorations can help us better understand what constellation of genes and cultural practices actually underpin the ability of language in humans.

As a rehabilitation counselor, helping to restore neuromuscular function, related to physical balance, I see a strong connection of music to human movement and communication. I suppose the appreciation of rhythm found in music originated as a survival and training tool to reproduce important sounds of everyday life. The role of birds as communicators in aiding human and other animal survival is a well-documented precedent. Birds are alarmed about a potential threat, sing to us to sleep, are linked to cross-cultural spiritual beliefs, and perhaps represent the first earthly rhythmic artists.

The idea that sound manipulation originated to improve our survival by enhancing coordinated movement and communication for social interaction, reproduction, team building, and warning of danger is very evident in the development of our brains and networks. neuronal.

When we measure emotional response to music, it is the personification of “meaning” that is primarily examined: whether the person understands the “meaning” of various audible sounds. That seems, in part, to be passed on genetically (at least pre-wired), in a familiar way and easy to learn throughout life.

Having a coherent organ system that links our body to a pre-wired process in the brain (that responds to the sounds and movement we experience throughout life) contributes to this justification for survival.

Vibration, music, rhythm and even the absorption of the location of the echo are said to be the first language to reach the body in sensory form. The primary link to a flourishing social journey that begins in the womb. To appreciate and understand this indivisible truth, at an elementary level, we only need to explore the effect of environmental energy (energy is the most basic ordering pattern in nature) in relation to its effect on prenatal babies and its effect on prenatal babies. communal gatherings that form the basis for personal identity (in the form of solidarity rituals).

Let’s use the discovery of the world’s first flute as an example.

Dug in the Hohle Fels cave, about 14 miles southwest of the city of Ulm, by archaeologist Nicholas J. Conard of the University of Tubingen in Germany in 2008, the nearly complete flute implies that the first humans to occupy Europe had a quite sophisticated music culture. The wing bone of a griffon vulture with five precisely drilled holes is the oldest known musical instrument (a 35,000-year-old relic of early human society) that appears to have contributed to improved social cohesion and new forms of individual expression of communication. . Most likely, this indirectly contributed to the demographic expansion of modern humans to the detriment of the more culturally conservative Neanderthals.

Social cohesion goes hand in hand with the dawn of social grouping. Human beings initially met and lived together in a size that is based on faith, trust and familiarity that intuitively “fits” with the community of human nature. In earlier times, humanity had been, like animals, very strongly connected to group consciousness and acted as a group to survive. This consistency naturally spawned a process of what might be called enhanced intuitive communication. In nature, hypercommunication has been successfully applied for millions of years to organize dynamic groupings. The organized flow of a school of fish or a flock of flying birds demonstrates this dramatically. Modern man knows it only on a much subtler level as “intuition.”

However, our primary tribal form, developed based on the type of mental personal data assistant in our heads that matches “faces to places” and allows us to name a member of our tribe even in unfamiliar surroundings. This is not an archaic process of social formation, but a primordial one. Until most recently in human history, people lived in “tribe-sized” groups and our inclination, even today, consistently reverts us to that comfort zone. For example, it is no accident of modern literature that the Bard causes King Lear to retire from the throne but retains 100 knights around him to maintain his sense and ruler of the kingdom personality of the “royal” community.

While the formation of personal identity is literally half of this social understanding of music and the evolution of language, a vital element of the formation of “unity” is found in the group personification of sound. To develop and experience individuality, humans had to mask, or perhaps more accurately, accommodate our emerging personality in musical form and expression. Therefore, it became an imperative of the social gathering (which wished to elicit and guide the emotional response) that acoustics and rhythm play an integrating role. These aspects of ambient sound play an indirect social role that resonated a biosphere to enliven the audience and ultimately reinforce the sense of community. For a cross-cultural emphasis, the Indian Renaissance ritual of Astakaliya Kirtan, in which prolonged chanting is accompanied by rhythmic drums to enchant participants, is one example.

Smell sound

However, movements outside our audible range are still rhythmic and serve us in the same way as audible sound. We feel movement through our three centers of body balance. All of these systems relate fluid to electrical impulses through the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), skeletal structure, and musculature. It is a complex system that works as a team to provide the correct output for proper stabilization of the body against gravitational forces. Body movements depend on messages to and from the brain’s control room. The brain remembers movement patterns through rhythm, not individual muscle interactions. So even our sense of smell can tell us the direction when it is unclear.

For example, polyvagal theory, the study of the evolution of the human nervous system and the origins of brain structures, assumes that our social behaviors and emotional disorders are more biological, that is, they are “connected” to us, than we usually do. think. think.

The term “polyvagal” combines “poly,” which means “many,” and “vagal,” which refers to the longest set of cranial nerves called the vagus (affectionately known as the “wandering” nerve). To understand the theory, a deeper understanding of the vagus nerve must be taken into account. This nerve is a major component of the autonomic nervous system. The nervous system that you do not control. That makes you do things automatically, like digest your food. The vagus nerve exits the brain stem and has branches that regulate structures in the head and in various organs, including the heart and colon. The theory proposes that the two different branches of the vagus nerve are related to the unique ways we react to situations that we perceive as safe or unsafe by correctly positioning the body to flee or fight. Significantly, this nerve uniquely interacts with the only muscles in the body that are supplied by the cranial and spinal nerves around the neck and upper back (sterno cleidus and upper trapezius). These muscles also intertwine with the olfactory aspect of the limbic brain to allow us to instinctively turn our heads to sense the direction of potential danger.

Thus, it is easily understood how we feel the vibration and movement of sound with our physical body, and that our body is capable of cognitive tasks to support the multitasking of the brain. Using our body in this way helps a specific type of survival intelligence. Particularly because our bodies are pre-wired to recognize rhythmic patterns, with sensors at each of our joints. This allows us to communicate, think, remember, and perform cognitive tasks in part with our bodies.

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