Musicality was not selected for, rather humans have a good reason to learn music

4 October, 2021
Musicality was not selected for, rather humans have a good reason to learn music

Did musicality evolve to promote sociality? This idea relies on the assumption that sociality, in itself, was selected for in evolution as an inborn faculty. However, in contrary to a cumbersome evolutionary solution implementing inborn faculties, the brain could have evolved with one ultimate feature: to be able to wire ad hoc to the environment, optimizing survival in any cultural nice. Such an evolutionary plan is sufficient to ensure the acquisition of profound human characteristics through learning if they are relevant for survival, including (but not limited to) sociality (Atzil et al., 2018) and musicality.

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