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The Singing Neanderthals

Author : Steven Mithen
Publisher : Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Page : 384 pages
File Size : 47,7 Mb
Release : 2011-12-30
Category : Science
ISBN : 9781780222585

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A fascinating and incisive examination of our language instinct from award-winning science writer Steven Mithen. Along with the concepts of consciousness and intelligence, our capacity for language sits right at the core of what makes us human. But while the evolutionary origins of language have provoked speculation and impassioned debate, music has been neglected if not ignored. Like language it is a universal feature of human culture, one that is a permanent fixture in our daily lives. In THE SINGING NEANDERTHALS, Steven Mithen redresses the balance, drawing on a huge range of sources, from neurological case studies through child psychology and the communication systems of non-human primates to the latest paleoarchaeological evidence. The result is a fascinating and provocative work and a succinct riposte to those, like Steven Pinker, who have dismissed music as a functionless and unimportant evolutionary byproduct.


Author : Steven Mithen
Publisher : Harvard University Press
Page : 234 pages
File Size : 48,5 Mb
Release : 2012-11-26
Category : Social Science
ISBN : 9780674072190

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Thirst by Steven Mithen Pdf

Freshwater shortages will affect 75% of the world’s population by 2050. Mithen puts this crisis into context by exploring 10,000 years of water management. Thirst tells of civilizations defeated by the water challenge, and of technological ingenuity that sustained communities in hostile environments. Work with nature, not against it, he advises.

Land of the Ilich

Author : Steven Mithen
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 624 pages
File Size : 42,6 Mb
Release : 2021-11-04
Category : Electronic
ISBN : 1912476827

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Land of the Ilich by Steven Mithen Pdf

This is a physical and historical journey round one of Scotland's most historically significant islands by the New York Times bestselling author of The Singing Neanderthals, After the Ice and Thirst: Water and Power in the Ancient World.

After the Ice

Author : Steven J. Mithen
Publisher : Harvard University Press
Page : 668 pages
File Size : 53,9 Mb
Release : 2006
Category : History
ISBN : 0674019997

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After the Ice by Steven J. Mithen Pdf

"Drawing on the latest research in archaeology, human genetics, and environmental science, After The Life takes the reader on a sweeping tour of 15,000 years of human history."--Cover.

Now You're Talking

Author : Trevor Cox
Publisher : Random House
Page : 320 pages
File Size : 53,9 Mb
Release : 2018-05-03
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN : 9781473547223

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‘A lively, intelligent and persuasive history of speech...Expertly and patiently explained’ The Times Why are human beings the only animals that can speak? And why does it matter? If you’ve ever felt the shock of listening to a recording of your own voice, you realise how important your voice is to your personal identity. We judge others – and whether we trust them – not just by their words but by the way they talk: their intonation, their pitch, their accent. Now You’re Talking explores the full range of our voice – how we speak and how we sing; how our vocal anatomy works; what happens when things go wrong; and how technology enables us to imitate and manipulate the human voice. Trevor Cox talks to vocal coaches who help people to develop their new voice after a gender transition; to record producers whose use of technology has transformed the singing voice; and to computer scientists who replicate the human voice in their development of artificial intelligence. Beginning with the Neanderthals, Now You’re Talking takes us all the way to the digital age – with the frightening prospect that we may soon hear ‘Unexpected item in the bagging area’ more frequently than a friendly ‘Hello, how are you?’ in the street.

Buried Alive

Author : Jack Cuozzo
Publisher : New Leaf Publishing Group
Page : 354 pages
File Size : 50,8 Mb
Release : 1998
Category : Social Science
ISBN : 9780890512388

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Argues that Neanderthal skeletons are the remains of post flood very old biblical patriarchs.

The Prehistory of the Mind

Author : Steven J. Mithen
Publisher : Orion Publishing Group
Page : 357 pages
File Size : 54,5 Mb
Release : 1998
Category : Art, Prehistoric
ISBN : 075380204X

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The Prehistory of the Mind by Steven J. Mithen Pdf

Since the 1980s consensus opinion is that the mind is like a collection of specialised modules each tasked for a specific purpose. The author seeks to elucidate and account for this theory and explain what it means to be human in this context.

Creativity in Human Evolution and Prehistory

Author : Steven Mithen
Publisher : Routledge
Page : 312 pages
File Size : 46,9 Mb
Release : 2005-08-10
Category : Social Science
ISBN : 9781134720125

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Creativity in Human Evolution and Prehistory by Steven Mithen Pdf

We live in a world surrounded by remarkable cultural achievements of human kind. Almost every day we hear of new innovations in technology, in medicine and in the arts which remind us that humans are capable of remarkable creativity. But what is human creativity? The modern world provides a tiny fraction of cultural diversity and the evidence for human creativity, far more can be seen by looking back into prehistory. The book examines how our understanding of human creativity can be extended by exploring this phenomenon during human evolution and prehistory. The book offers unique perspectives on the nature of human creativity from archaeologists who are concerned with long term patterns of cultural change and have access to quite different types of human behaviour than that which exists today. It asks whether humans are the only creative species, or whether our extinct relatives such as Homo habilis and the Neanderthals also displayed creative thinking. It explores what we can learn about the nature of human creativity from cultural developments during prehistory, such as changes in the manner in which the dead were buried, monuments constructed, and the natural world exploited. In doing so, new light is thrown on these cultural developments and the behaviour of our prehistoric ancestors. By examining the nature of creativity during human evolution and prehistory these archaeologists, supported by contributions from psychology, computer science and social anthropology, show that human creativity is a far more diverse and complex phenomena than simply flashes of genius by isolated individuals. Indeed they show that unless perspectives from prehistory are taken into account, our understanding of human creativity will be limited and incomplete.

The Musical Human

Author : Michael Spitzer
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
Page : 480 pages
File Size : 52,7 Mb
Release : 2021-04-01
Category : History
ISBN : 9781526602749

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A RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK 'Full of delightful nuggets' Guardian online 'Entertaining, informative and philosphical ... An essential read' All About History 'Extraordinary range ... All the world and more is here' Evening Standard ____________________________________________ 165 million years ago saw the birth of rhythm. 66 million years ago came the first melody. 40 thousand years ago Homo sapiens created the first musical instrument. Today music fills our lives. How we have created, performed and listened to this music throughout history has defined what our species is and how we understand who we are. Yet music is an overlooked part of our origin story. The Musical Human takes us on an exhilarating journey across the ages – from Bach to BTS and back – to explore the vibrant relationship between music and the human species. With insights from a wealth of disciplines, world-leading musicologist Michael Spitzer renders a global history of music on the widest possible canvas, looking at music in our everyday lives; music in world history; and music in evolution, from insects to apes, humans to AI. 'Michael Spitzer has pulled off the impossible: a Guns, Germs and Steel for music' Daniel Levitin 'A thrilling exploration of what music has meant and means to humankind' Ian Bostridge

How To Think Like a Neandertal

Author : Thomas Wynn,Frederick L. Coolidge
Publisher : OUP USA
Page : 223 pages
File Size : 52,9 Mb
Release : 2012-01-26
Category : Psychology
ISBN : 9780199742820

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How To Think Like a Neandertal by Thomas Wynn,Frederick L. Coolidge Pdf

In this book, the authors provide a fascinating narrative of the mental life of Neandertals, to the extent that it can be reconstructed from fossil and archaeological remains.

The Prehistory of Music

Author : Iain Morley
Publisher : OUP Oxford
Page : 464 pages
File Size : 53,9 Mb
Release : 2013-10-24
Category : Social Science
ISBN : 9780191502095

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The Prehistory of Music by Iain Morley Pdf

Music is possessed by all human cultures, and archaeological evidence for musical activities pre-dates even the earliest known cave art. Music has been the subject of keen investigation across a great diversity of fields, from neuroscience and psychology to ethnography, archaeology, and its own dedicated field, musicology. Despite the great contributions that these studies have made towards understanding musical behaviours, much remains mysterious about this ubiquitous human phenomenon—not least, its origins. In a ground-breaking study, this volume brings together evidence from these fields, and more, in investigating the evolutionary origins of our musical abilities, the nature of music, and the earliest archaeological evidence for musical activities amongst our ancestors. Seeking to understand the true relationship between our unique musical capabilities and the development of the remarkable social, emotional, and communicative abilities of our species, it will be essential reading for anyone interested in music and human physical and cultural evolution.

Thinking Big: How the Evolution of Social Life Shaped the Human Mind

Author : Robin Dunbar,Clive Gamble,John Gowlett
Publisher : Thames & Hudson
Page : 224 pages
File Size : 53,9 Mb
Release : 2014-06-17
Category : History
ISBN : 9780500772140

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Thinking Big: How the Evolution of Social Life Shaped the Human Mind by Robin Dunbar,Clive Gamble,John Gowlett Pdf

A closer look at genealogy, incorporating how biological, anthropological, and technical factors can influence human lives We are at a pivotal moment in understanding our remote ancestry and its implications for how we live today. The barriers to what we can know about our distant relatives have been falling as a result of scientific advance, such as decoding the genomes of humans and Neanderthals, and bringing together different perspectives to answer common questions. These collaborations have brought new knowledge and suggested fresh concepts to examine. The results have shaken the old certainties. The results are profound; not just for the study of the past but for appreciating why we conduct our social lives in ways, and at scales, that are familiar to all of us. But such basic familiarity raises a dilemma. When surrounded by the myriad technical and cultural innovations that support our global, urbanized lifestyles we can lose sight of the small social worlds we actually inhabit and that can be traced deep into our ancestry. So why do we need art, religion, music, kinship, myths, and all the other facets of our over-active imaginations if the reality of our effective social worlds is set by a limit of some one hundred and fifty partners (Dunbar’s number) made of family, friends, and useful acquaintances? How could such a social community lead to a city the size of London or a country as large as China? Do we really carry our hominin past into our human present? It is these small worlds, and the link they allow to the study of the past that forms the central point in this book.

Cognitive Gadgets

Author : Cecilia Heyes
Publisher : Harvard University Press
Page : 264 pages
File Size : 53,9 Mb
Release : 2018-04-16
Category : Psychology
ISBN : 9780674985131

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How did human minds become so different from those of other animals? What accounts for our capacity to understand the way the physical world works, to think ourselves into the minds of others, to gossip, read, tell stories about the past, and imagine the future? These questions are not new: they have been debated by philosophers, psychologists, anthropologists, evolutionists, and neurobiologists over the course of centuries. One explanation widely accepted today is that humans have special cognitive instincts. Unlike other living animal species, we are born with complicated mechanisms for reasoning about causation, reading the minds of others, copying behaviors, and using language. Cecilia Heyes agrees that adult humans have impressive pieces of cognitive equipment. In her framing, however, these cognitive gadgets are not instincts programmed in the genes but are constructed in the course of childhood through social interaction. Cognitive gadgets are products of cultural evolution, rather than genetic evolution. At birth, the minds of human babies are only subtly different from the minds of newborn chimpanzees. We are friendlier, our attention is drawn to different things, and we have a capacity to learn and remember that outstrips the abilities of newborn chimpanzees. Yet when these subtle differences are exposed to culture-soaked human environments, they have enormous effects. They enable us to upload distinctively human ways of thinking from the social world around us. As Cognitive Gadgets makes clear, from birth our malleable human minds can learn through culture not only what to think but how to think it.

Sociology and Music Education

Author : Ruth Wright
Publisher : Routledge
Page : 345 pages
File Size : 48,9 Mb
Release : 2017-07-05
Category : Music
ISBN : 9781351548342

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Sociology and Music Education addresses a pressing need to provide a sociological foundation for understanding music education. The music education community, academic and professional, has become increasingly aware of the need to locate the issues facing music educators within a broader sociological context. This is required both as a means to deeper understanding of the issues themselves and as a means to raising professional consciousness of the macro issues of power and politics by which education is often constrained. The book outlines some introductory concepts in sociology and music education and then draws together seminal theoretical insights with examples from practice with innovative applications of sociological theory to the field of music education. The editor has taken great care to select an international community of experienced researchers and practitioners as contributors who reflect current trends in the sociology of music education in Europe and the UK. The book concludes with an Afterword by Christopher Small.

Set Your Voice Free

Author : Donna Frazier,Roger Love
Publisher : Little, Brown
Page : 320 pages
File Size : 42,7 Mb
Release : 2016-12-27
Category : Performing Arts
ISBN : 9780316311281

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Set Your Voice Free by Donna Frazier,Roger Love Pdf

Language and the way that people communicate has evolved over time, now you can learn how to effectively use your voice in the most effective way possible in order to get your message across. Every time we open our mouths, we have an effect on ourselves and the way others perceive us. The ability to speak clearly and confidently can make or break a presentation, an important meeting, or even a first date. Now, with the advent of Skype, YouTube, podcasting, Vine, and any number of reality talent competitions, your vocal presence has never been more necessary for success or more central to achieving your dreams. Roger Love has over 30 years of experience as one of the world's leading authorities on voice. Making use of the innovative techniques that have worked wonders with his professional clients, Love distills the best of his teaching in Set Your Voice Free, and shares exercises that will help readers bring emotion, range, and power to the way they speak. This updated edition incorporates what he's learned in the last 15 years as the Internet and talent competitions have completely changed the role your voice plays in your life. These are the new essentials for sounding authentic, persuasive, distinctive, and real in a world that demands nothing less.