From: Michael Brady
> Harmony ... is a creation of human beings living in society.
I think *dissonance* is a human "creation", but harmony
is physically real. BTW, birds live in a society too.
> I think it is worth inquiry why different cultures, made up
> of human beings living in the same physical world, come up
> with different agreements and conventions on beauty, harmony,
> and related aesthetic qualities.
Because different people's physical world is not the same at all.
Culture is a byproduct of Nature. The relationship
is complex beyond our grasp, but that's our problem.
Humans can take direct credit for nothing, and are not
directly responsible for anything. It's all practical
pragmatism, none of this good/evil crap.
We are infinitely unimportant.
From: Gunnar Swanson
> The preference of harmony and/or the preference
> of certain harmonies are cultural phenomena.
But only in part.
> (It would seem that many aspects of speech and writing are,
> indeed, -rooted- in nature--the structure of human mouths
> and throats, the shape of certain materials, etc.