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Kunga Dorji
01-13-11, 05:18 AM
From the weekly newsletter of the neuropsychologist Rick Hanson:
http://rickhanson.net.au (http://rickhanson.net.au/)

........But in fact, to summarize a comment from Ghandi, daily life is saturated with moments of cooperation and generosity - between complete strangers! Let alone with one's friends and family.
Love is woven into your day because it's woven into your DNA: as our ancestors evolved over the last several million years, many scientists believe that love, broadly defined, has been the primary driving force behind the evolution of the brain. Bands of early humans that were particularly good at understanding and caring for each other out-competed less cooperative and loving bands, and thereby passed on the genes of empathy, bonding, friendship, altruism, romance, compassion, and kindness - the genes, in a word, of love.



There is plenty more for those who are interested. One can subscribe to his free weekly newsletter via the above website.


I think he is right- we are seeing plenty of it now in Australia, as the response to the Queensland flood emergency kicks in.

sarek
01-13-11, 11:15 AM
Something seems to be amiss with the link as I cannot open it.

Your premise is fascinating though. I hope that you are right.

EshkaronsEngine
01-13-11, 12:56 PM
I seriously wonder what is driving the evolution of our brains now. I subscribe to the point of view that love was the driving force up until the end of the hunter-gatherer era. But now I find so many typical NTers unable to forgive and like they are just waiting for u 2 trip up. I believe greed is now the driving force for evolving the brain

SB_UK
01-13-11, 01:07 PM
From the weekly newsletter of the neuropsychologist Rick Hanson:
http://rickhanson.net.au (http://rickhanson.net.au/)

........But in fact, to summarize a comment from Ghandi, daily life is saturated with moments of cooperation and generosity - between complete strangers! Let alone with one's friends and family. Love is woven into your day because it's woven into your DNA: as our ancestors evolved over the last several million years, many scientists believe that love, broadly defined, has been the primary driving force behind the evolution of the brain. Bands of early humans that were particularly good at understanding and caring for each other out-competed less cooperative and loving bands, and thereby passed on the genes of empathy, bonding, friendship, altruism, romance, compassion, and kindness - the genes, in a word, of love.



There is plenty more for those who are interested. One can subscribe to his free weekly newsletter via the above website.


I think he is right- we are seeing plenty of it now in Australia, as the response to the Queensland flood emergency kicks in.




:-)

Deus caritas est

(everything makes sense)

SB_UK
01-13-11, 01:51 PM
Deus lux* est

* dark
(outside of frame of phenomenological reality)



Krishna (black,dark,dark-blue)

SB_UK
01-13-11, 01:54 PM
Deus veritas est

SB_UK
01-13-11, 01:55 PM
~ synonyms ~

Kunga Dorji
01-13-11, 07:02 PM
Something seems to be amiss with the link as I cannot open it.

Your premise is fascinating though. I hope that you are right.


my bad:
http://www.rickhanson.net/

I should have turned the computer off 30 minutes earlier last night.