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The Buzz: Scientists Tune In


A recent NEA survey of the arts revealed a dismaying trend: a consistent decline in public participation across nearly every discipline studied, including music, theater, dance and the fine arts. And while ScienceBlogger Chad Orzel points out that the survey neglected to include rock or pop music, film, or other video art, he also speculates that weakening musical education programs might contribute to the decline in appreciation for “high art”–particularly, classical music. As Scicurious explains on Neurotopia, an ear for classical music might help some scientists listen for subtle differences in brain activity using a new technique to convert brain waves to sound. Two cultures? What two cultures?