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Wednesday, 27 May 2009


Did you know there was a word for medical, that is, literal, tone deafness?

I am fascinated by the phenomenon because I find an ever higher an higher percentage of young people are, if not literally, at least functionally tone deaf.

That can't just be caused by the way the creation, (as opposed to the consumption,) of music is an ever more infrequent occurrence in most people's lives, can it?

Or can it?

I have read it surmised that societally, memorization is becoming a lost art, that the more wide-spread the ability to read and write, the less need to commit important things to memory, and that we're just kinda forgetting how to do it.


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