What's the biological purpose of music? If music serves no purpose for survival?

It's intuitive that people mey develop to do certain things, but in order for them to be "of fundamental type", I think they need to be tied to biology. So does music have a biological purpose? And if so, why is it "reasonable"?


This is not an "opinion-based question", since I'm asking for, whether there exists biological reason for music.

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    It's a social skill, like any other form of communication. Singing together creates togetherness and strengthens the sense of community, which is important for survival. Similar to how groups of people recite texts during religious services, but more fun. – Your Uncle Bob Jun 8 '19 at 13:51
  • @YourUncleBob But music can be practiced and enjoyed alone as well. Then the effects are entirely subjective. – mavavilj Jun 8 '19 at 13:52
  • It's not opinion-based. I'm asking for biological, thus scientific explanation. – mavavilj Jun 8 '19 at 15:28
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    If music serves a biological purpose, then that would be best answered by biologists, not musicians. – Tetsujin Jun 8 '19 at 16:09
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    Music has saved my life several times. It’s the reason I live. – b3ko Jun 8 '19 at 21:21

If music does not serve survival, how do you justify military music? It's popular for STEM people not to recognize the value of any art but giving people motivation and something worth living for and identifying with most certainly does significantly change their chances of survival, affecting the ability to make it both through dire circumstances as well as ennui.

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  • I think the OP is considering music from a primitive Man situation - when there was no military. What's STEM? – Tim Jun 8 '19 at 16:18
  • @Tim Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. It's an acronym used when promoting these subjects in education. – Your Uncle Bob Jun 8 '19 at 18:44
  • There's a large overlap of mathematicians and musicians. Me, for example. – badjohn Jun 8 '19 at 21:25

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