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Yet another thing that made us human: Dancing

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Chimps eating shellfish helps explain human evolution? Hey, here’s another one, from a philosopher, dancer, and scholar of religion:

What if humans are the primates whose capacity to dance (shared by some birds and mammals) was the signature strategy enabling the evolution of a distinctively large and interconnected brain, empathic heart and ecological adaptability? And what if dancing plays this role for humans not just in prehistoric times, but continuing into the present? What if humans are creatures who evolved to dance as the enabling condition of their own bodily becoming? Kimerer LaMothe, “ The dancing species: how moving together in time helps make us human” at Aeon

Birds generally dance in courtship. Only humans dance in order to express personal ideas. Lamothe’s observations are on target but we are left with the question: “Who told you you had ideas?”

Strange, how much scholarship needs to deny the obvious difference between humans and animals.

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4 Replies to “Yet another thing that made us human: Dancing

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    vmahuna says:

    I’m gonna guess that rhythmic clapping and foot stompin’ came first. Then Thog started in with “boom, she-bop, boom-boom-boom, she-bop”, and got the little kids jumpin’ all over the place. And then Thogetta takes Thog’s hand and says the magic words, “Wanna DANCE, big boy?” And from then on we had “dinner and dancing” as evening entertainment.

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    AaronS1978 says:

    Dancin’ DANCIN’ DANCINNNNN’!!!!! While eating seafood to a super nova, covered in fat, with a head cold! BOOM! HUMANs!

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    EDTA says:

    I never feel more human than when I am doing the jitterbug.

    Too bad dancing today has lost it’s primary cultural component: people getting along. Today, we dance apart, shaking our groove things physically separated. Fifty plus years ago, people danced in pairs, where they had to get along, at least for a few minutes at a time. Compromise, one person leading and one following. Getting along in some sort of ordered fashion. Just for a few minutes.
    Making things work together. Today, we’re separating further and further, culturally speaking, maritally speaking, morally speaking.

    Funny how dancing fell apart at the same time our culture began falling apart…

    (*Yes, I know people still take ballroom etc. dance classes, but it’s not the primary mode of social dancing today.)

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    bornagain77 says:

    The Bee Gees would be happy…

    Bee Gees – You Should Be Dancing 1976 (HQ Audio)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xI68A-rntIk

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