Recent research has apparently concluded that there are people who are truly
'tone deaf', although that is a misnomer. They are quite capable of
distinguishing musical tones and rhythms that are externally produced, but when
they actuate their vocal apparatus to produce a tone they hear, they apparently
can't tell that they are getting it wrong, so the feedback does not work to
correct the pitch. The "people who continue to sing parts of these melodies
out of tune", with the emphasis on "continue", will never be able to sing in
harmony, they can only become temporarily hoarse. (02)
I realize that your purpose is to prevent the novice choristers from being led
into discord. The senior faculty is thankful for the generosity and patience
of professors who are genuinely willing to teach freshman classes, even when
they lack it themselves. :-) (03)
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> From: ontolog-forum-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:ontolog-forum-
> bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of John F Sowa
> Sent: Monday, October 06, 2014 12:53 PM
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> Subject: Re: [ontolog-forum] Pentatonic debates (Was: Re: Ontology vs KR)
> On 10/6/2014 12:30 PM, Pat Hayes wrote:
> > The same arguments and points get made and re-made over and over
> > again, always at about the same philosophical depth.
> > It is entertaining at first, and like folk music it has a kind of
> > reassuring simplicity, but it gets boring after a while, as one tends
> > to hear the same melodies repeated for the hundredth time.
> > Anyone else agree?
> As someone who has been repeating those melodies for a long time, I very
> strongly agree.
> My only excuse is that some people continue to sing parts of those melodies
> out of tune and make my ears hurt. To improve the variations, I usually cite
> references that contain some innovations.
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