My name is Patrick. Currently a Public Policy undergrad.
I blog about politics, science, books/reading, climate change, human rights, animal rights, quotes, plants, photography, philosophy (especially determinism, existentialism, and ethics), cultures (and culture jamming), and art and music. I enjoy exploring and evolution and the universe both make me feel absolutely amazed and grateful to be alive every single day of my sorry little life. I believe in community; the Commons; the collective.
Seminal Books: Ishmael, Twilight of the Elites, The Reactionary Mind, The God Delusion, The Moral Landscape, A Language Older Than Words, Life Without Oil.
Laughter is regularly promoted as a source of health and well being, but it has been hard to pin down exactly why laughing until it hurts feels so good.
The answer, reports Robin Dunbar, an evolutionary psychologist at Oxford, is not the intellectual pleasure of cerebral humor, but the physical act of laughing. The simple muscular exertions involved in producing the familiar ha, ha, ha, he said, trigger an increase in endorphins, the brain chemicals known for their feel-good effect.
… Social laughter, Dr. Dunbar suggests, relaxed and contagious, is “grooming at a distance,” an activity that fosters closeness in a group the way one-on-one grooming, patting and delousing promote and maintain bonds between individual primates of all sorts.