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Pabitra Mukhopadhyay

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Maths came before music

The moment consciousness can differentiate many from one, it becomes fundamentally mathematically endowed. This is the precursor of axiomatic tautology of mathematics that can, given enough combinations, get as complex as you can imagine.
Mathematical skill therefore should predate musical skill in human evolution.

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  • Jun 28 2013: Anyone who has studied music has experienced the correlation between music and math. It's comforting knowing that as a hobbyist musician -- who has never considered herself particularly mathematically adept -- I must have some portion of affinity for math.

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