Even the father of evolutionary theory, Charles Darwin, was puzzled by the human ability to perceive music and called this ability «the most mysterious of those that [humanity] is gifted with.»
Some academic thinkers — such as the cognitive scientist Stephen Pinker — have even questioned whether music has any special value at all.
In Pinker’s view, we only like music because it stimulates other, more important abilities of ours — the ability to recognize patterns, for example.
By itself, according to Pinker, it is of no value and acts only as an irritant to hearing.
If you consider yourself a music freak, match your obsession with the Babinga attitude towards music. This Central African nation is known for its song and dance accompanying any activity — from collecting honey to hunting elephants.
The anthropologist Gilbert Rouget, who lived among the Babing representatives in 1946, www.spreaker.com found that not participating in the ritual of joint music-making was considered the worst crime among them.