The music that is better than itself
Posted: 29 October 2013 07:38 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Researchers told the participants of their experiment that they are going to play two variations of the same theme by two composers. They declared that musical critics say that the first variation is a masterpiece, while the second is its exaggerated imitation totally deficient in self-subsistence and beauty. They said that that the aim of the experiment is to see whether laymen agree with the experts. Afterward experimenters played the same record twice…

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Posted: 31 October 2013 04:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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The result doesn’t surprise me. Our judgements about so many things (music, food, other people) are deeply shaped by our prior expectations.

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Posted: 09 November 2013 11:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Alex - 31 October 2013 04:40 PM

The result doesn’t surprise me. Our judgements about so many things (music, food, other people) are deeply shaped by our prior expectations.

But does it surprise you that Harvard didn’t show a higher percentage of people who noticed that the records were identical, but a higher percentage of people who disagreed with the experts on the question of which of the two identical records is better?

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