“Bad news sells because the amygdala is always looking for something to fear.”

Peter H. Diamandis & Steven Kotler: The amygdala is an almond-shaped sliver of the temporal lobe responsible for primal emotions like rage, hate, and fear. It’s our early warning system, an organ always on high alert, whose job is to find anything in our environment that could threaten survival. Anxious under normal conditions, once stimulated, […]

“I consider that we are still monkeys; we just came down from the trees rather recently, and it’s astonishing how well we can do.”

Freeman Dyson: I consider that we are still monkeys; we just came down from the trees rather recently, and it’s astonishing how well we can do. The fact that we can even write down partial differential equations, let alone solve them, to me is a miracle. The fact that we ourselves at the moment have […]