Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Musical Interlude

Music is the key element missing from most evolution theories. Not this one.

The harmonic resonance of the Earth's atmosphere, coupled with the rhythm of the plate techtonics, has been an integral part of the evolution of all species on Earth. All species respond to musical stimuli when prodded in a lab setting, from the smallest jellyfish to the largest DC9s; from the least intelligent fish to the most intelligent fish-mongers. And they respond to both the harmony AND the rhythm. Some have postulated in the past that it was the rhythm they were rocking out to (see Danko, Helm, Hudson, Manuel, and Robertson's 1969 paper, Take a load off Fanny, take a load for free). Some were certain it was all about the melody (i.e. Johnson and Johnson's landmark 1952 study of the effect of melody on the reproductive success of green tree frogs, Froggy Went a-Callin').

Now we have the evidence, from deep within the earth's own mantle, beneath the crust, that it is both the rhythm AND the harmony that were responsible for the abiogenetic origins of life on earth, as well as the ongoing integration of complex biological polyphonic beings, leading to the apex of creation, Kurt Cobain's plaintive screams for help, "Grandma take me home, grandma take me home", indeed.

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