Tuesday, October 13, 2009
There is an essay, over a century old, by one Dr. S.J. Holmes in which it is reasoned the role of sex in the evolution of the mind. Here one finds compared the elaborate wooing of male birds—their mating call, that is—with the articulate language of man in such summation as the function of the voice in the vertebrates is primarily to serve as a sex call. Granting this, the most eloquent of speakers ought to be among the most alluring—sexually winning, that is—and conversely, the sexually alluring ought to be found among the vocally eloquent. Now on the whole, this is untrue. Although there are exceptions. Some choice exceptions can be found at the opera. . . .