Language Before Music – Music Before Language?

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So what if…
you saw sound?
you could hear thought?
you could smell the correct path?
What if it were all about spirals…

It’s quite likely human predecessors intuitively appreciated that the world formed around spirals and responded to the perception of sound much more holistically with their body~mind connection.

Recently (early in 2009), little furry mutants in Leipzig started making slightly lower-pitched ultrasonic whistles.

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

It’s 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 these mice, in fact communicate differently with each other, by using slightly lower-pitched ultrasonic whistles. What’s even more intriguing: the nerve cells they grow in one region of the brain show a marked level of higher complexity than those in unaltered mice.

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

As a rehabilitative counselor – that helps restore neuro-muscular function – related to physical equilibrium, I see a robust connection of music to human movement and communication. I surmise the appreciation of rhythm found in music originated as a survival and training tool to replicate important sounds of everyday life. The role of birds as communicators to aid human and other animal survival is a well Px7 primal flow documented precedent. Birds alarm about potential threat, sing us to sleep, are linked to cross-cultural spiritual beliefs, and perhaps represent the first earthly rhythmical entertainers.

The thought that manipulation of sound originated to enhance our survival by improving coordinated movement and communication for social interaction, reproduction, teaming and averting danger is very evident in the development of our brains and neural networks.

When we measure the emotional response to music, what is primarily examined is the personification of “meaning” — whether the person understands the “meaning” of various audible sounds. That seems, in part, to be passed on genetically (at least pre-wired), familiarly, and easily learned over the course of life.

Having a coherent, organic system that links our body to a pre-wired process in the brain (that responds to sounds and movement we experience over a lifetime) lends to this survival rationale.

Vibration, music, rhythm and even absorption of echo-location is said to be the first language that arrives in sensate form to the body. The primordial link to a burgeoning social journey that begins in the womb. To appreciate and understand this indivisible truth — at an elemental level — we need only explores the effect of ambient energy (energy being nature’s most basic ordering pattern) in relation to its effect on prenatal infants and its affect on communal gatherings that form the basis for personal identity (in the form of rituals of solidarity).

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

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

Social cohesion goes hand in glove with the dawn of social grouping. Humans initially gathered and lived together in a size that is based on faith, trust and familiarity that “fits”intuitively with the community of human nature. In earlier times humanity had been, just like the animals, very strongly connected to the group consciousness and acted as a group to survive. This coherence naturally generated a process of what could be termed 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 birds on the wing proves this dramatically. Modern man knows it only on a much more subtle level as “intuition”.

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