I also found Nehamas's piece, An Essay on Beauty and Judgement, thought provoking as well; especially the aspect of aesthetics being based on the time period that they inhabit. What can be considered "beautiful" must rely on the history of beauty as well as the cultural and societal cues of the time period. Mozart may not find the work of Arnold Schoenberg to be beautiful, but that may be simply because he has not been exposed to the works that lead music to that point. It is, at times, difficult to see the beauty of works that push the boundaries of aesthetics, but it is important to keep this concept in the mind, as it adds a bit of essential humility to life. The idea of beauty is something that is ever-changing and always elusive.
To me, the use of functional MRI scans have been such an amazing tool for not only the scientific community, but for all of humankind. The ability to map brain activity in real time is simply incredible, and being able to see such awe inspiring technology used in congruence with music is fascinating. Being able to see the physical and psychological benefits that music provides is really rewarding and also a little depressing when we look back at the initial statistic I used. 10%... Surely, such a beneficial aspect of humanity should be getting more attention in our greater educational community.