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Old 03-10-2014, 05:55 PM   #21 (permalink)
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No I said he said that
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Old 03-10-2014, 08:10 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Interesting bit of information. I don't know anyone who suffers that, although C. S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower is "tone-deaf". Would that be considered anhedonia?
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Old 03-10-2014, 08:43 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Just discovered a lot of websites have been carrying this same story, and it's really interesting reading some of the comments:
Strange But True: Music Doesn't Make Some People Happy : Shots - Health News : NPR
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Right here. This is me to a tee. Ditto on not having music when guests come over. For the longest time (pre-MP3 players and even pre-Internet), I didn't even have a stereo, let alone CD's. I trained as an Irish dancer when I was young and forced to learn basic piano, so I can read music and hear the timing and tempo of a song, but only because I was trained to hear those things. They do nothing for me though, physically, mentally or emotionally and it's typical for me to go weeks without listening to music in my car or anywhere, unless it's unavoidable background music some place. I don't dislike music and most of it is fine, but I don't think that I've ever actually wanted to listen to music for the sake of hearing a particular song, band or genre of music. I know that sounds weird to most people which is why I spend so much of my teens and 20's trying to force myself to learn enough about current music and artists so that I didn't embarrass myself in front of friends (back in the late 80's, i even ended up dating the bass player of band whose video was a big deal on MTV, so my "cover" was pretty good. I only needed to know his music). Anyway, I;m the biggest foodie, I cry at weddings and every sappy movie; my libido has never been an issue; and my friends would describe me as a bleeding heart or soft touch when it comes to kids, charities, stray pets, or any noble cause, so I'm not devoid of other feelings or emotions. It's kind of a relief to finally know that there is another 5% out there!
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Old 03-10-2014, 09:01 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Glad I'm not one of these people.

Some people really just don't like music
I bet these same people also don't feel anything when they see cat videos or babies being run over by trains.
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Old 03-10-2014, 09:18 PM   #25 (permalink)
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I would appear that's not the case. I really urge everyone to read through the comments below the NPR article I linked above, they're more interesting than the article itself.

This guy explains it about as succinctly as possible:
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Why not have amusia? Some people have acalculia, not being able to do math. Some have alexia, not being able to understand words. Some have achromia, not being able to recognize color. There are even people who are unable to recognize facial expressions, called prosopgnosia.
What's a world like where everybody is the same?
This was also particularly interesting. Seems like this guy listened to one song which happened to magically re-wire his brain. Would make for an interesting nature-vs-nurture debate:
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It took me a long time to learn to appreciate music. Music used to be not important at best if not down right annoying.

But I kept listening on my own trying to figure out why other people loved music and I did not. Finally one day I was listening to Phish's "Hoist" album and the song "Demand" suddenly and completely clicked in my brain and changed everything - I have no idea why. It was like all the pieces came together in a rush.

I am now an avid music fan, listening to an eclectic mix of styles from classical to rock to reggae to rap, etc. Each one has its place. I still very much enjoy and do listen to Phish but not as much as I used to, but they changed my musical outlook forever.
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Old 03-10-2014, 09:38 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I was kinda joking, but yea that too.
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Old 03-11-2014, 01:30 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Wait... you guys are serious about putting that on your resume?
I've put "manager of an official Namco America forum" on my resume instead of moderator since it sounded better to use manager linked with a big gaming industry.
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This was also particularly interesting. Seems like this guy listened to one song which happened to magically re-wire his brain. Would make for an interesting nature-vs-nurture debate:
this is amazing. he realized how everybody got beautiful emotions from music, so he tried to achieve that feeling, too, but he had to work hard for that. that's really worth a lot of appreciation. i can't imagine how i would feel, if i didn't have music to calm me down, whenever i need to. cool guy
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Old 03-11-2014, 12:22 PM   #29 (permalink)
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I wonder how many of those people might also be potential serial killers.
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I wonder how many of those people might also be potential serial killers.
No those are reserved for metalheads.
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