Birdsong is a sound which most people find reassuring. There is a reason for that. Over hundreds of thousands of years we’ve learned that when the birds are singing, things are safe. It’s when they stop you need to be worried.

Julian Treasure

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About This Quote

“The 4 Ways Sound Affects Us.” TEDGlobal 2009. Jul. 2009. Conference Presentation.

Source: "The 4 Ways Sound Affects Us." TEDGlobal 2009. Jul. 2009. Conference Presentation. Additional Information: This quote is from sound expert Julian Treasure's 2009 TED Talk on the way that different types of sounds affect people. It means that people find the sounds of birds singing comforting because humans co-evolved with birds and we instinctively know that if birds are singing, there are no immediate threats in the environment. Watch the full TED Talk here: Julian Treasure - The 4 Ways Sound Affects Us