Sunday, February 15, 2009
I bought the book, The Singing Neanderthals by Stephen Mithen because I thought it was a book of the most ancient revisionist history. They have just mapped the genome of the Neanderthal, a close cousin of we Homo Sapiens, and are revising their thoughts about who the Neanderthals were because of it.
As it turns out, the book is about the evolution of music and language in Homo Sapiens, but it's not sociological, it's science - brain science - again! Rather than deciding to be disappointed, I'm going to go with the flow. I've been reading about the brain for months, why not another book on the subject?
The word "capitol" refers to the head, you knew that, right? The U.S. Capitol dome is definitely head-like. Sometimes it looks skeletal to me, sometimes stylized. And you could argue that the Capitol rotunda is the Head of America, or at least the Head of Washington DC. The four quarters of this city come together right in the center of the rotunda. It's a whirling, noisy vortex in there, somewhat like the whirling, noisy vortex at the center of my own personal head. The Capitol as head is not a ridiculous metaphor.
Anyway, living as I do just a few blocks from the Head of America, is it any wonder that I'm immersed in study of the human brain? Go with the flow, Reya, go with the flow.