Friday, November 6, 2009

Arts Matters

CBC broadcast on the Arts in Kelowna Nov 6th 2009

My comments:
The speaker is mistaken in interpreting the quantity of brain activity as demonstrated by an MRI while listening to singing vs the speaking voice as a superior outcome because the qualitative value of the experiment is not measured.

More stimulus is not necessarily better stimulus. Nature is not a loud, noisy place. Humans did not evolve to thrive in a noisy, highly stimulating environment, but we can beciome addicted to high levels of stimulus with poor outcomes.

Few would agree that a constantly stimulating environment that we cannot shut off but cannot do without is a better environment.

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