Evolution of (music) cognition According to Lewontin [44], evolutionary theory stands on three principles—variation, heredity and natural selection—that limit scientific inquiry into cognition. To understand the evolution of cognition, it is necessary to understand the variation in cognitive traits in ancestral times.

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