Blake J. Wintory
Thu Jun 18 13:29:22 EDT 1998
It's still loaded with contemporary meanings created since Darwin.
Look at advertisements that depict humans EVOLVING from dark (black?),
barbarian, apelike creatures to sophisticated white businessmen in order
to sell their products. Has blues music EVOLVED from rural, backward,
darkie music to sophisticated white urban rock and roll blues?
I think subconscious contemporary racism has much more weight on people's
opinions than a definition in a dictionary or the etymology of a word.
On Thu, 18 Jun 1998, Barry B. Bean wrote:
> On Thu, 18 Jun 1998 12:11:30 -0500 (CDT), Blake J. Wintory wrote:
> >Evolution can mean to just change, but it is also associated with actual
> >biological/genetic changes in response to an environment to become more
> >efficient in it. Music and the culture that produces it are not
> >biologically adaptive. Historical, social, economic and gender
> >circumstances offer a much better analysis of culture and music than some
> >misguided idea that the music is somehow developing to become more
> >efficient/adaptive to a static notion of environment.
> I assure you the word was in use before Darwin appropriately picked
> it to describe the evolution of species.
> >From Websters:
> Main Entry: evolve
> Pronunciation: i-'vlv, -'volv, E- also -'vv or -'vov
> Function: verb
> Inflected Form(s): evolved; evolvúing
> Etymology: Latin evolvere to unroll, from e- + volvere to roll --
> more at VOLUBLE
> Date: 1641
> transitive senses
> 1 : EMIT
> 2 a : DERIVE, EDUCE b : to produce by natural evolutionary processes
> c : DEVELOP, WORK OUT <evolve social, political, and literary
> philosophies -- L. W. Doob>
> intransitive senses : to undergo evolutionary change
> I'll continute to maintain that music evolves.
> B.B. Bean - Have horn, will travel firstname.lastname@example.org
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