I read a math book! I read a math book! To be honest it wasn't too hard to follow 'cause the author probably took into account it was going to be publI read a math book! I read a math book! To be honest it wasn't too hard to follow 'cause the author probably took into account it was going to be published for a general audience anyway. Math aside, there was also an interesting section in it on how, with the burning of the Library of Alexandria, human knowledge took a huge step backwards (Middle Ages, hello!)....more
Okay so it wasn't really "fun", reading this book, and god knows it took me nearly the entire summer to finish"You're reading that for *fun*?" "Yup."
Okay so it wasn't really "fun", reading this book, and god knows it took me nearly the entire summer to finish it, but here are some crazy tidbits about our emotional brain:
You know how sometimes you wished you could will yourself to feel a certain way about a certain situation/person/thing? Ya know, adopt an emotionally "mature" perspective on it? But instead you feel kinda angry/bitter/jealous/scared/sad/etc. about the whole fucking thing? Well here's why (in a grossly reductive, I'm-too-lazy-to-write-a-10-page-essay-about-this-shit-kinda-way): the amygdala. You see, that part of the brain mediates emotional arousal, and its pathways to (and subsequent influence on) the cortex (where higher cognitive functions -- e.g. thinking -- occur) are far stronger than the other way around. That explains why it's much easier for emotions to grip your conscious thoughts & behavior than vice versa. (I think.)
Okay that was essentially one tidbit, but I'm tired now and this ain't Amazon anyway. Read the book if you wanna know more....more