Just a quick hit today for the few who might be interested. The online WSJ has a couple of articles today that caught my eye. (Actually, I think they were published this weekend.)
The first concerned the mystery of why music effects us emotionally. Perhaps I should put that “why music effects us emotionally with such consistency.” If everyone reacted completely differently to the same piece of wordless music, there wouldn’t be such a mystery. But why are certain wordless musical constructs consistently perceived as being, for instance, sad or melancholy, while others are perceived as happy or joyous?
It has always fascinated me, and the WSJ article I read discusses this phenomenon, though without resolution. You can read it here: “The Mystery of Music.” (And, if you are in the Living Church of God, you can also access my video Bible Study on our youth website, where I discuss the power of music and the mystery of its influence on us.)
The second article extols the virtues of the future of e-readers and points to the “globally available” Kindle 2 as the beginning of a wonderous new era in information accessibility. I don’t know that I wholly agree with Mr. Marche’s enthusiasm, but I do find the role played by our means of interacting with information to be a fascinating topic of meditation. You can read that article here: “The Book That Contains All Books.” (For those who wish to discuss this as a potential example of set theory paradox, I would rather save that discussion for another time; though I will confess that it is that paradox that caused me to click on the link.)