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The mind's aversion to dissonance

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I have been making mixtapes and giving them to cute boys and friend crushes for about 10 years now. As an introvert and music fanatic, music has always been my choice method of communicating. Music not only articulates that which is sometimes difficult to express but in more powerful ways than any phrase I could scribble out in a note. I find it hard to write about it because there’s nothing I can say that will do it justice.

Philosophers have been concerned with music for millennia; Plato wrote 2,500 years ago “music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.” What is it about sound touching our eardrums that has the power to move one to tears or to laughter or to love? In hopes of finding a link between emotional connection to music and how we think about politics, I have started a little survey-based research project (for class).

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