Wednesday, June 23, 2021

This Is Your Brain on Music - The Science of a Human Obsesssion

by Daniel J. Levitin (1957) - neuroscientist and psychologist from San Francisco, studied music at Berklee, worked in music business, and later got a PhD maybe in something in psychology

© 2006

Chapter 1 - What Is Music? - From Pitch to Timbre

page 23

The piccolo hits the highest notes compared to a violin.

page 26

He pretty much has together what you're supposed to know to know music, minus details etc.  It goes through things I learned through a lifelong love of music since childhood and entering adulthood.

page 41

Apparently, I've found, some people just play and others submit to the meaning behind and interaction about classical etc. music.

page 42

He goes into some science and things included in synesthesia, which is things like how music and art are related.

page 51

Apparently, people see the music like an extension of the self rather than pleasure in a science or social science.

Chapter 2 - Foot Tapping - Discerning Rhythm, Loudness, and Harmony

page 55

I've noticed people from Europe are more efficient and physically coordinated and able.

Chapter 3 - Behind the Curtain - Music and Mind Machine

page 82

Apparently, psychologists or scientists of some sort identify music as something that causes a reaction in the brain or maybe the nerves, connected to or in the brain.

page 85

I don't find too much interest in kinesthesia, which is like synesthesia except more about psychology.  I understand emotions without digging into the brain.  It does sound fun, though.

page 89

People find joy in the familiar, even familiar classical music.

page 95

He is "less interested" he says in the brain/mind.

Social Chemistry - Decoding the Patterns of Human Connection

by Marissa King (a blonde business woman who went to the Ivy League school in the USA Yale?)
© 2021

Chapter 2 - The Nature of Networks

page 37

Social media has not changed much in social networking.

page 38

Some people have more Facebook friends, and some people have more real life friends.

page 39

Some people have closer interactions with some, while others are more broad.

page 41

I did notice that non-White Americans seem closer to other people than White Americans.

page 42

Facebook friends are not real friends, often.

page 43

People may have strong relationships with some, but sometimes the ones that are maybe less popular give them the most opportunity.

page 44

It is unpredictable when a weak relationship will be your next "big break."

page 53

For me, I had a few "real" relationships as a kid, age 9, 10, and 11.  I've had other relationships, too, but, later on, "the glass was half empty."

page 58

Moving somewhere or getting a new job change our relationships...

page 60

People do clearly face social anxiety.

page 63

Relationships easily fade, like when moving away like when a kid, even on the verge of the rise of social media.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Social Chemistry - Decoding the Patterns of Human Connection

by Marissa King (a blonde business woman who went to the Ivy League school in the USA Yale?)
© 2021

Chapter 1 - Making Connections

page 4

People start with 1 on 1 connections.

page 5

The 3 connections, in the book with pictures or graphlike models:

1. Expansionists are where they just have a bunch of individual relationships or friends.
2. Brokers are when someone has friends that are in difference circles themselves.
3. Converners are when everyone you know seems losely connected and somewhat godly.

page 6

These connections are like different chemicals on the periodic table, all have different properties etc.

page 6-7

When people are "converners" and all losely connected, they are more powerful, a steady source of being, more than expansionists when one only knows individuals who are not connected and brokers when the person has different circles of friends, which are tight knit and not connected to every other person in the scheme.

page 8

I'm sensing that brokers, a number of circles of relationships, tend to get in more fights, perhaps of varying severity, and converners, which are a bunch of more losely connected relationships, aren't as much drama and intensity.

I also think that brokers, a series of circles of relationships, have it down and will be more successful socially in the end and satisfied that way because of the drama and possible complexity.  I don't see any one form to be an end ideal in and of itself, not even God.

page 13

I was right, she says/claims mixing these groups is what helps in the end.

page 14

Networking seems to be something people need to get used to! like Twitter!

page 19

People are authentic or inauthentic.  To me that means they can do whatever they want without claiming to be much or they are betting on a lot, maybe too much..

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Musicophilia - Tales of Music and the Brain

by Oliver Sacks (1933-2015) - Medical Doctor from England
© 2007

Chapter 14 - The Key of Clear Green: Synesthesia and Music

page 165

Newton thought the 7 colors must match the 7 notes.  It must be something special to look at and have experience with.

Here's what I have to say about how it might work, as the "C" in music is the base note, key, scale, etc.:

1. Red - C
2. Orange - D
3. Yellow - E
4. Green - F
5. Blue - G
6. Purple (Indigo) - A
7. Pink (Violet) - B

Also, if you didn't know and to point out, C E G are primary colors plus the base chord (other names apply) of the key of C.