CANCELLED: The Musical Mind
Ian Cross, Diana Omigie, Barry C. Smith (School of Advanced Study, University of London)

March 17, 2020, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Forum for Philosophy

Wolfson Theatre
New Academic Building, LSE, London, London
London WC2A 3LJ
United Kingdom


London School of Economics

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Due to the current COVID-19 situation and the importance of taking measures to prevent its spread, this event has been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience and disappointment caused.

'We may go even further than this, and … believe that musical sounds afforded one of the bases for the development of language.'—Charles Darwin

Music is thought to have played an important role in human evolution and in this event we explore the phenomenon and evolution of music. How deep does music go in human history and does music today have anything in common with music in prehistory? What role does music play in the evolution of the mind? And is the ability to hear music uniquely human or something we share with other animals?


  • Ian Cross, Professor of Music and Science, University of Cambridge
  • Diana Omigie, Lecturer in Psychology, Goldsmiths
  • Barry Smith, Professor of Philosophy & Director, Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, University of London


  • Jonathan Birch, Fellow, Forum for Philosophy & Associate Professor of Philosophy, LSE

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