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Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks
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Dec 05, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: science
Recommended for: Anyone interested in the relationship between music, the brain and our lives.
Read in November, 2008

“Music hath qualities to charm the savage breast.”

Congreve’s familiar line reiterates the legend of Orpheus who used music to control nature and living creatures.

Whether true or not is a matter of conjecture. But there is a rising body of evidence music stimulates intellect and eases the learning process. And Oliver Sacks, the famed neurologist, enforces that argument in his new book, Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain. He also stresses the healing power of music. Sacks calls the ability to appreciate music a defining quality of our humanity.

I couldn't agree more.

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