Die wichtigste: Warum singen wir?
Fangen wir doch ganz von vorn an, wenn wir Fragen haben. Bei den alten Griechen? Nein, oder vielmehr: Ja. Wo denn sonst? In der Schule! Wie bitte? Du hattest gar kein entsprechendes Fach? Schau mal ins Internet, Schulfach Philosophie. Was steht am Ende des Griechenkapitels? 2 Erkundige dich im Internet, wie Sokrates gestorben ist. Ansonsten Fragen über Fragen. Es ist nie zu spät. (Quelle: hier.)
The central idea of this book is very simple yet very complex at the
same time. The author suggests that human singing had a tremendously
important role in our evolutionary past. It was singing that provided
our ancestors with defence against predators, provided our ancestors
with food, gave rise to human intelligence, morality, religion, formed
the human body and facial morphology, gave birth to human arts and
the mystery of artistic transformation.
We will also discuss some very important questions connected to
our brain activities associated with singing or listening to music:
• Why does singing activate such deep structures in our brains,
structures that are connected to the critical factors of our physical
• Why is listening to rhythmic music one of the best known ways to
induce hypnoses and trance in humans?
• How can a person with brain damage, who does not remember
anything from his past, still remember musical compositions he
learned decades ago?
• How can a person with a horrible head injury, who can not even
clearly pronounce his own name, sing well and clearly pronounce
all the words of a song?
• Why do people whistle when they are afraid?
• Why do people hum when they feel good?
We will also discuss some questions that are barely, if at all, connected
to human singing:
• Why do birds stop singing when they sit on the ground?
• Why is it safer to sing if you live in trees or in the water?
• Why do soldiers in Iraq listen to loud rock music before going on
• Why do some humans like having a radio or TV on when they are
not paying attention to it?
• Why do some people like talking to themselves?
And finally, the reader will also find in this book, plenty of questions
that might seem totally unrelated to the topic of singing:
• Why do humans have long hair on their head?
• Why do humans have long legs?
• Why do humans have eyebrows?
• Why do humans walk on two legs?
• Why do humans sweat and smell?
• Why did human ancestors practice cannibalism?
• Why are the evolutionary histories of humans and lions so close
to each other?
• Why do humans stutter and have dyslexia?
• Why are there more stutterers among Africans than among American
• Why are there no professional speech pathologists in China?
• What was the evolutionary function of human clothes?
• Why do humans like decorating their bodies and faces?
• Why do male lions have manes?
• Why does the peacock has such an amazingly beautiful tail?
• Why are humans the only species who can ask questions?
• How can someone be intelligent enough to answer complex questions,
and still be unable to ask questions?
• Why did Jacqueline Kennedy not remember climbing out of the
moving car following the fatal shooting of President J.F. Kennedy?
• Why did Sigmund Freud not like listening to music?
• Why are masks so universally popular in human cultures?
• Why do some humans have two identities?
• What is the evolutionary function of our unconscious mind?
Questions, questions, questions. Hundreds of questions.
Zusatzfrage: Woher könnten alle diese Fragen stammen? Wo kann ich sie gefunden haben? In einem Buch (gewiss, siehe oben: „central idea of this book“) oder im Internet?
(Mir genügt es für heute, sie gestellt bzw. weitergeleitet zu haben.)