Music And The Relationship Between Humanism And Music

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One of our first assignments this semester was to explain the history and story behind the number one, and how this related to music. We did this through research of ancient mathematicians and the ratios that made music enjoyable to listen to. This was the first topic that introduced us to the relationship between humanism, science and technology. Throughout this course, we have studied numbers, poems and a significant amount of music, all of which have helped us to gain a better understanding of the relationship between humanism and science.
So, what exactly does Humanism mean? According to the Stanford University’s Humanities center, they describe the humanities as, “The study of how people process and document the human experience. Since humans have been able, we have used philosophy, literature, religion, art, music, history and language to understand and record our world. These modes of expression have become some of the subjects that traditionally fall under the humanities umbrella. Knowledge of these records of human experience gives us the opportunity to feel a sense of connection to those who have come before us, as well as to our contemporaries.”
Although humanism has several different meanings, especially for those who consider themselves humanists, this definition in my opinion best explains humanism as it is applied in our class. In a journal entry written by Robert L Sinsheimer, titled “Humanism and Science”, he explains that humanists are concerned with

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