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The Extraordinary Power of Music (How does Darwinism account for this?)

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Music has extraordinary power. When I was a child in the 1950s growing up in a small college town there was only one radio station, KWSU. KWSU only played classical music.

Our family had a radio, but no TV in those days, and every evening the bumper music for the nightly news report on KWSU radio was the theme from the third movement of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. Whenever I hear that melody I am immediately transported back to my early childhood. I can smell my mom’s cooking; I can feel the joy, knowing my father was about to come home from work.

I’m something of an evangelist for classical music, since it has brought me so much joy and reward all throughout my life. My piano teacher, Ruby Bailey, with whom I studied from the age of seven through high school (and, actually, beyond), I consider to be my second mother.

I recently had my classical piano albums restored from the original studio-quality master tapes and vinyl pressings, and it’s all free here:

Although I no longer have time to practice the piano many hours a day like I did in my classical concert pianist days, I’m still involved in music, such as this:

And it still brings me so much joy and reward that words are inadequate to describe it.

So how does Darwinism account for this, the extraordinary power of music in all of our lives? Imagine a day, a week, a year, or a lifetime without a note of music. No singing. No musical instruments. No music in the movies you view.

My inference to design does not just come from the scientific evidence, which I consider to be overwhelming. Design screams from every corner of creation, and only the deaf cannot hear it.

I'm fascinated by how God created man with a sensitive, aesthetic nature that responds emotionally and intelligently to song and music. Not only does music delight man’s heart and mind but it also refreshes him, contributing to his physical and spiritual well-being. Barb
Jerad @ 5 Yes, Marriage of Figaro is my favourite too. I specifically picked that duettino because I love how Mozart took a pretty banal scene from the libretto (the two women are writing a deceptive love letter arranging to meet in the forest) and turned it into one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have heard. Cheers CLAVDIVS
Gil Dodgen, you may appreciate this song that Steven Curtis Chapman 'test drives' his new guitars with: Steven Curtis Chapman - Lord of the Dance (Live) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDXbvMcMbU0 bornagain77
I think the music metaphor is used very appropriately in the following excerpt:
A Piece from the Developmental Symphony - February 2012 Excerpt: Embryonic development is an astounding process that seems to happen "automatically.",,, The timing of each step is too precise and the complexity is too intricate to assume that these processes are the mere accumulation by happenstance of changes to regulatory genes. Each gene plays its role at a certain time, and like a symphony, each is activated and silenced in turn such that the final result is a grand performance of orchestrated effort that could only have occurred through design. http://www.evolutionnews.org/2012/02/a_piece_from_th055921.html
Further notes: Perhaps to some people the point being established in the following study will be rather mundane, but the fact that protein molecules are shown to react 'non-thermally' to infrared light by changing their conformational state and emitting 'biophotons', instead of the protein molecules just heating up as would 'naturally' be expected in response to infrared light, shows us that 'communication by light' in cells is 'designed'. 'Designed' all the way down into the protein molecules themselves:
The mechanism and properties of bio-photon emission and absorption in protein molecules in living systems - May 2012 Excerpt: ,,it was determined that the protein molecules could both radiate and absorb bio-photons,,, No temperature rise was observed; instead, the absorbed infrared light promoted the vibrations of amides as well the transport of the bio-energy from one place to other in the protein molecules, which changed their conformations. These experimental results, therefore, not only confirmed the validity of the mechanism of bio-photon emission, and the newly developed theory of bio-energy transport mentioned above, but also explained the mechanism and properties of the non-thermal biological effects produced by the absorption of infrared light by the living systems. http://jap.aip.org/resource/1/japiau/v111/i9/p093519_s1?isAuthorized=no
Communication by light between individual biological molecules in the cell is actually a major paradigm shift in the way the molecular actions and reactions of the cell are thought to take place in the cell. Especially as the molecular actions and reactions are viewed to happen by the present Darwinian paradigm that is currently in place over molecular biology:
Does DNA Emit Light Excerpt: The conventional picture of a cell even now is that of a bag of molecules dissolved in water. And through bumping into one another by chance -- random collisions -- those molecules that have complementary shapes lock onto to each other so the appropriate biochemical reactions can take place. This 'lock and key' model has been refined to a more flexible (and realistic) 'induced fit' hypothesis that allows each molecule to change shape slightly to fit the other better after they get in touch, but the main idea remains the same. It is supposed to explain how enzymes can recognize their respective substrates, how antibodies in the immune system can grab onto specific foreign invaders and disarm them. By extension, that's how proteins can 'dock' with different partner proteins, or latch onto specific nucleic acids to control gene expression, or assemble into ribosomes for translating proteins, or other multi-molecular complexes that modify the genetic messages in various ways. But with thousands -- or even hundreds of thousands of reactions happening each second in just one cell this seems pushing the "mechanical" concept a bit too far. What has been proposed is that somehow each molecule sends out a unique electromagnetic field that can "sense" the field of the complimentary molecule. It's as if there is a "dance" in the cellular medium and the molecules move to the rythm. The music is supplied by the biophoton. http://www.viewzone.com/dnax.html
But since light is the music of the cell, and the molecules of the cell are the players in the orchestra, where is the conductor? Music and verse:
High School Musical 2 - You are the music in me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAXaQrh7m1o "Where were you... when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? [4-7, Job 38:}"
Further notes:
Alexander Tsiaras: Conception to birth -- visualized - video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKyljukBE70 Comment from preceding video: 'The magic of the mechanisms inside each genetic structure saying exactly where that nerve cell should go, the complexity of these, the mathematical models on how these things are indeed done, are beyond human comprehension. Even though I am a mathematician, I look at this with the marvel of how do these instruction sets not make these mistakes as they build what is us. It's a mystery, it's magic, it's divinity.' - Mathematician and medical image maker Alexander Tsiaras Fearfully and Wonderfully Made - Glimpses At Human Development In The Womb - video http://www.metacafe.com/watch/4249713 An Electric Face: A Rendering Worth a Thousand Falsifications - September 2011 Excerpt: The video suggests that bioelectric signals presage the morphological development of the face. It also, in an instant, gives a peak at the phenomenal processes at work in biology. As the lead researcher said, “It’s a jaw dropper.” http://darwins-god.blogspot.com/2011/09/electric-face-rendering-worth-thousand.html The (Electric) Face of a Frog - video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndFe5CaDTlI
Clavdivs, Ah, the Marriage of Figaro. Sigh. My favourite opera. And a very good point about the human voice. Big DUH on my part. Jerad
This yEC sees music as not as complicated as presented. It seems clear to me music is just human thoughts presented in a more primitive way relative to language. Singing is just lingering or emphasizing a thought. We do this all the time when we stretch our words like telling someone to HURRRRRRYYYYY UPPPPPPP. we always are singing or rather singer is just more control over our words stretching. Its just pressing a thought. this is why its received and understood by everyone. Its from and too the heart. so it must be emphasized. i'm sure of this. Music , without words, and so less complex thoughts, seems to be simply putting sounds from instruments to mimic the tones(sound) of voice we add to all we say all the time. So there is a angry, sarcastic, gentle, exasperated, impatient, patient, kindly, and so on and on Tones of voice. In fact we understand tones of voice and conclude whats being said almost as much as words. A sarcastic sentence would be understood differently if just read on a page. A writer would have to add the sentence was said sarcastically. Then these tones(sound) are universal in all languages. So this is why music, no words, crosses all languages and the winners are famous everywhere. i'm not as sure but pretty sure sounds from instruments just mimic tones we use and so thoughts are accurately communicated by music. Music moves quick in its thoughts but not as quick as in language. Music is after all just a expression of human thoughts. Thoughts to reach our hearts or get deep into us. Thoughts get into us if the presenter has these thoughts deep in them or faking it. I see this as the great boundaries of it and then the rotation and rhythm and repetition just is added . Music is not a different species from ordinary human thoughts. just a less complex but more emphasizing of thoughts. by the way the bible says musical instruments were created instantly. Not music but the instruments. Robert Byers
Jerad @ 1
I’ve always imagined that music required language for coordination; one guy pounding on a rock with a stick isn’t really music in my mind. And for thousands of years it must have been only non-tuneable instruments, mostly percussion.
I expect the human voice was the first instrument - and what a beautiful instrument it is ... Marriage of Figaro - Act III Canzonetta Sull' Aria Cheers CLAVDIVS
GilDodgen It seems to me your argument from music should be directed against metaphysical materialism, not 'Darwinism'. Unless by 'Darwinism' you mean metaphysical materialism, in which case, why not say so? Don't get me wrong: I actually agree with you that music is a profoundly gestalt experience not currently explicable in terms of reductionistic physicalism. But I don't think that it's helpful to lump together neo-Darwinian evolutionary theory with the metaphysical baggage attached to that theory by some of its proponents. Cheers CLAVDIVS
Gil, I'm a Haydn fan myself, when I listen to his music I feel like I am connecting with a like spirit across the centuries. If I invented a time machine I'd travel back to Vienna, 1791, before Haydn travelled to England for the first time and while Mozart was still alive. Just to walk the streets and hear the music . . . . I agree that music is almost a constant part of our lives and yet there must have been a time when it wasn't. Travelling backwards in time we lose instrument after instrument, music styles and conventions drop by the wayside. I've always imagined that music required language for coordination; one guy pounding on a rock with a stick isn't really music in my mind. And for thousands of years it must have been only non-tuneable instruments, mostly percussion. But, to be perfectly honest, I try not to analyse music. I like having one part of my life unencumbered with analysis and logic. Jerad

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