Oliver Sacks on "Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain."

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10.31.2010

Oliver Sacks talks with Steve Paulson about some of the case studies in his latest book: "Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain." He concludes that despite how much we learn, we may never understand how the brain works.

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I also keep thinking about this mystery. One of the things that might be discovered eventually could be an instinct of beauty, perhaps associated with the ludic instinct. Going by Darwin, why beauty should have persisted as a positive thing for man is another question. At least I can't see its survival value (except for some of us, of course).

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