We believe that one of the roles that music played was to defuse interpersonal tension around hominids, allowing for larger living groups, says Levitin, author of The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature. This book is the story of the evolution of the human brain, going back to the beginning of the species and how natural selection created brains that, in turn, created music. A smart mix of biological evolutionary science, memoir, contemporary and ancient music critique and interviews with top scientists and musicians (including Joni Mitchell and Sting), Six Songs shows how evolution works with music as a window into evolutionary biology.
Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl Street in Boulder, Levitin will discuss and sign his new book; admission is free. For more information, call 303-447-2074 or go to http://boulderbookstore.booksense.com.
Thu., Sept. 4, 2008