the brain: "Rhythm, melody and harmony stimulate several
areas of the brain, suggesting that music could be used to help
repair everything from damaged speech to damaged creations, researchers
say. Classical music training may also enlarge parts of the brain,
researchers said recently at the Society for Neuroscience annual
meeting. Scientists have long wanted to know how the brain responds
to sound and rhythm, how musical studies affect brain wiring and
how the brains of the musically talented differ from those of the
nonmusical. 'Undeniably, there is a biology of music,' said Dr.
Mark Jude Tramo, a neurobiologist at Harvard University Medical
School...'Some day this research will help us to understand how
different types of music can help in different kinds of neurological
disorders,'" (Anne) Blood, (a researcher at the
Neurological Institute and McGill University in Canada)
E. Allen, "Music Seen as Instrument for Stimulating
Brain Areas." Fort Worth Star-Telegram,
spirit was really that of a butterfly, so confessed a woman
to a monk in a Japanese Noh play...The cycle of seasons rotates
from spring, to summer, to autumn; now in winter only the
frozen white chrysanthemums remain; but nearby dances the
butterfly, like a turning
she dances of the immortals. Little by little, she withdraws
from us: 'See her wings wavering with whirling circles of mists;/
See how her figure gradually disappears in the morning haze.'" "The
Dance of the Butterfly." S. Lonsdale, Animals and
the Origins of Dance. New York, 1982.
I really like is the Bicyclus butterfly. The butterfly actually grows
into two different forms depending on what season it's raised in.
This butterfly is found in Africa, and in the summer, the rainy season,
the butterfly will be green, shiny, and interesting, and in the fall
it'll grow into a dull brown. It doesn't do this by looking around
at the other butterflies, it just does this on the basis of the temperature.
If you take a single butterfly alone, raise it by itself in a lab,
and control the temperature, you control which genetic switch gets
turned on. So the butterfly will go this way in one environment and
another way in another. The genome is giving the butterfly two different
choices, two different opportunities. It's not dictating, 'You must
take this form'; it's saying, 'If you're in this situation you can
take this form, if you're in this other situation you can take this
other form.' When you reflect on that, and think about human psychology,
that means that our genes aren't dictating that we have to be a particular
way. It's specifying different ways in which the environment might
interact with us.” G.F. Marcus, The Birth of the
Mind. New York, 2004.
Polar Bear Dance
This is how the
Dance the whole night through
But be careful when you stamp the ice
Or you might fall right through!
Clap your hands
Dig the beat
Then turn around and stomp your feet.
is nothing: R. Caillois, The Writing of Stones.
Charlottesville, VA. 1985. Franz
Boas expressed the basic spiritual beliefs of the Indian cultures
of the Northwest Coast of North America as being: "All
nature, the heavenly bodies, rocks and islands, waterfalls,
plants are beings of supernatural power whom man can approach
with prayer, whose help he can ask, and to whom he may express
his thanks." F.
Boas, Kuakiutl Ethnology. Chicago, 1966. p.155.
perception: F. Viatte, “Weaving a Rope of
Sand.” Yale French Studies #89 (1996).
is notoriously difficult to convey the quality of (sasquatch) sounds
with written words. 'High-pitched' is a common description, but just
how high is not clear. 'prolonged' is also a relative term unless
it is actually timed. We also hear about vibratos, rising and falling
pitch, multiple tones simultaneously, and a wailing sound (whatever
that means). Comparisons with the vocalizations of known animals
doesn't help either. They generally do not sound like dogs barking,
cats screeching, or elephants trumpeting, but where does that leave
us?" G.S. Krantz, Bigfoot Sasquatch Evidence.
Blaine, WA., 1999. p.133.