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The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature

In The World in Six Songs, Daniel Levitin showcases his audacious theory of “six songs,” illuminating how the brain evolved to play and listen to music in six fundamental forms – for friendship, joy, comfort, knowledge, religion, and love. Blending cutting-edge scientific findings with his own sometimes hilarious experiences as a musician and music-industry professional, Levitin’s sweeping study also incorporates wisdom gleaned from interviews with icons ranging from Sting and Paul Simon to Joni Mitchell and David Byrne, along with classical musicians, poets, anthropologists, and evolutionary biologists.

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