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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: What do you mean here by musical skill? Vocalizing of sounds, as in birds "singing"- music or not? Musical skill or not?
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      Jun 28 2013: I don't think birds sing. Music is just not producing pleasing notes repeatedly but a full movement with the notes challenging the periodicity in interesting ways and coming back to it. Btw, it should need the appreciation of periodicity and multiplicity of events, which again is appreciating many as different from one.

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