The Musical Mind (Forum for Philosophy)

Music is thought to have played an important role in human evolution, but how far back does it go? What role did it play in the evolution of the mind? Does music today have anything in common with music in prehistory? And is the ability to hear music uniquely human or something we share with other animals? We explore the phenomenon and evolution of music.

Ian Cross
Professor of Music and Science, University of Cambridge
Diana Omigie
Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience, Goldsmiths
Barry Smith
Professor of Philosophy & Director, Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Jonathan Birch
Fellow, Forum for Philosophy & Associate Professor of Philosophy, LSE