If Our Neurons Were Better, We Might Not Bother With Love
Neuroscientist David Linden says the human need for love is actually the indirect result of our inefficient neurons.
According to neuroscientist David Linden, the neurons in our brains are inefficient. Like really inefficient. These ancient cells he disses as "jellyfish-like or coral-like" are “unreliable, they leak signals to their neighbors and they're slow.” They’re so lousy at what they do that we need lots and lots of them to be at all intelligent, hence our need for big brains. And because it takes about 20 years for a newborn’s 400 cc brain to grow into an 1,200 cc brain, we need mothering for longer than other animals. And because being a single mom in nature is a tough gig, we need…
On the other hand, think of the money he saves on valentines.
Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.
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Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
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A guide to making difficult conversations possible—and peaceful—in an increasingly polarized nation.
- How can we reach out to people on the other side of the divide? Get to know the other person as a human being before you get to know them as a set of tribal political beliefs, says Sarah Ruger. Don't launch straight into the difficult topics—connect on a more basic level first.
- To bond, use icebreakers backed by neuroscience and psychology: Share a meal, watch some comedy, see awe-inspiring art, go on a tough hike together—sharing tribulation helps break down some of the mental barriers we have between us. Then, get down to talking, putting your humanity before your ideology.
- The Charles Koch Foundation is committed to understanding what drives intolerance and the best ways to cure it. The foundation supports interdisciplinary research to overcome intolerance, new models for peaceful interactions, and experiments that can heal fractured communities. For more information, visit charleskochfoundation.org/courageous-collaborations.
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