Leading expert Julian Treasure speaks about the planet's auditory environment and Its effects on people.

At a recent TED talk held in Oxford, England, Julian Treasure, the author of Sound Business, spoke about the effects of sound on people and society at large. He particularly relates sound to good mental and physical health, while also cautioning about the negative effects of the growing amount of noise pollution that is spreading like an epidemic around the world.

Here are some excerpts from his talk, as reported by CNN:

One definition of health may be that that chord is in complete harmony.  The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” which opens at least three dimensions to the concept. On a philosophical level, Plato, Socrates, Pythagoras and Confucius all wrote at length about the relationship between harmony, music and health (both social and physical). Here’s Socrates: “Rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul, on which they mightily fasten, imparting grace, and making the soul of him who is rightly educated graceful, or of him who is ill-educated ungraceful.”

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