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

October 31, 2010

No matter how much we learn about the brain, Sacks says we may never understand how the mind works. In this interview, he marvels at how the human brain is fine-tuned to respond to music.

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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).