Musicality and the evolution of mind, mimesis, and entrainment

Anton Killin

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    In A Million Years of Music, Gary Tomlinson develops an extensive evolutionary narrative that emphasises several important components of human musicality and proposes a theory of the coalescence of these components. In this essay I tie some of Tomlinson’s ideas to five constraints on theories of music’s evolution. This provides the framework for organising my reconstruction of his model. Thereafter I focus on Tomlinson’s description of ‘entraining’ Acheulean toolmakers and offer several criticisms. I close with some tentative proposals for further theorising.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)421-434
    JournalBiology and Philosophy
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


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