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David Brooks

The Social Animal

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Arcady Chugunovcompartió una citahace 2 años
“This behavior is a good example of the limits of pure reason,” Damasio writes in his book Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain. It’s an example of how lack of emotion leads to self-destructive and dangerous behavior. People who lack emotion don’t lead well-planned logical lives in the manner of coolly rational Mr. Spocks. They lead foolish lives. In the extreme cases, they become sociopaths, untroubled by barbarism and unable to feel other people’s pain.
Arcady Chugunovcompartió una citahace 2 años
Human culture exists in large measure to restrain the natural desires of the species.
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He knew he liked hearing evidence that confirmed his own opinions, so he asked Erica and the others to give him the counterevidence first, and not bury it
Yulia Ogorodnikovacompartió una citahace 2 años
If the outer mind hungers for status, money, and applause, the inner mind hungers for harmony and connection—those moments when self-consciousness fades away and a person is lost in a challenge, a cause, the love of another or the love of God.
Elonike Verinacompartió una citahace 2 años
Men consistently rate women with attractive bodies and unattractive faces more highly than women with attractive faces and unattractive bodies.
Kurochkin Vladimircompartió una citahace 5 años
Epistemology is the study of how we know what we know. Epistemological modesty is the knowledge of how little we know and can know.
Epistemological modesty is an attitude toward life. This attitude is built on the awareness that we don’t know ourselves. Most of what we think and believe is unavailable to conscious review. We are our own deepest mystery.
Not knowing ourselves, we also have trouble fully understanding others.
LM CZcompartió una citahace 9 meses
Women are sexually attracted to men with larger pupils. Women everywhere prefer men who have symmetrical features and are slightly older, taller, and stronger than they are.
LM CZcompartió una citahace 9 meses
They serve no nutritional purpose, but they do serve as signaling devices and set off primitive light shows in the male brain. Men consistently rate women with attractive bodies and unattractive faces more highly than women with attractive faces and unattractive bodies. Nature does not go in for art for art’s sake, but it does produce art.
LM CZcompartió una citahace 9 meses
David Buss surveyed over ten thousand people in thirty-seven different societies and found that standards of female beauty are pretty much the same around the globe. Men everywhere value clear skin, full lips, long lustrous hair, symmetrical features, shorter distances between the mouth and chin and between the nose and chin, and a waist-to-hip ratio of about 0.7. A study of painting going back thousands of years found that most of the women depicted had this ratio. Playboy bunnies tend to have this ratio, though their overall fleshiness can change with the fashions.
LM CZcompartió una citahace 9 meses
Composure Class rose once again to the fore. The people in this group hadn’t made their money through hedge-fund wizardry or by some big financial score. They’d earned it by climbing the meritocratic ladder of success. They’d made good grades in school, established solid social connections, joined quality companies, medical practices, and firms. Wealth had just settled down upon them gradually like a gentle snow.
LM CZcompartió una citahace 9 meses
Members of the Composure Class spend much of their adult lives going into rooms and making everybody else feel inferior. This effect is only magnified by the fact that they are sincere, modest, and nice
Yurii Rebrykcompartió una citael año pasado
So was born the theory of mirror neurons, the idea that we have in our heads neurons that automatically re-create the mental patterns of those around us.
Yurii Rebrykcompartió una citael año pasado
To top it all off, women who give birth to boys have shorter life expectancies because the boys’ testosterone can compromise their immune system.
Yurii Rebrykcompartió una citael año pasado
The information that comes from deep in the evolutionary past, we call genetics. The information revealed thousands of years ago, we call religion. The information passed along from hundreds of years ago, we call culture. The information passed along from decades ago, we call family, and the information offered years, months, days, or hours ago, we call education and advice.
Yurii Rebrykcompartió una citael año pasado
Touches and sensations release chemicals like dopamine and oxytocin, which in turn generate even more sensory input, culminating in a complex and explosive light show in the brain.
Yurii Rebrykcompartió una citael año pasado
According to famous research by Claus Wedekind at the University of Lausanne, women are attracted to men whose human leukocyte antigen code of their DNA are most different from their own. Complementary HLA coding is thought to produce better immune systems in their offspring.
Yurii Rebrykcompartió una citael año pasado
Words are the fuel of courtship. Other species win their mates through a series of escalating dances, but humans use conversation.
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He was tall, and since one study estimated that each inch of height corresponds to $6,000 of annual salary in contemporary America, that matters.
Yurii Rebrykcompartió una citael año pasado
Larger human breasts do not produce more milk than smaller ones. They serve no nutritional purpose, but they do serve as signaling devices and set off primitive light shows in the male brain.
Yurii Rebrykcompartió una citael año pasado
The orbicularis oculi muscle, which controls this part of the eyebrow, cannot be consciously controlled, so when the tip of the eyebrow dips, that means the smile is genuine not fake.
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