What Is Music, And Why Is It So Special?

Video: Radiolab's Jad Abumrad sits down to talk about music -- its purpose, its function, its meaning -- with filmmaker Mac Premo in this wildly frenetic video and somehow manages to explain why music is so special. Abumrad says that unlike words, which are basically just a code or an agreement between people, music just is what it is, and the response we have is innate. Music can magically get around a person's rational defences and is something that makes us who we are.

It's a really fun video to watch, especially if you like music like Abumrad does.