Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, by Wallace J. Nichols

By Wallace J. Nichols

Why are we interested in the sea every one summer time? Why does being close to water set our minds and our bodies relaxed? In BLUE brain, Wallace J. Nichols revolutionizes how we expect approximately those questions, revealing the extraordinary fact in regards to the merits of being in, on, below, or just close to water. Combining state-of-the-art neuroscience with compelling own tales from most sensible athletes, prime scientists, army veterans, and talented artists, he exhibits how proximity to water can enhance functionality, bring up calm, curb nervousness, and elevate expert success.

BLUE brain not just illustrates the the most important value of our connection to water-it offers a paradigm transferring "blueprint" for a greater lifestyles in this Blue Marble we name domestic.

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As more researchers from varied disciplines apply their expertise to the relation between water and humanity, the insights from their collaborations are illuminating the biological, neurological, and sociological benefits of humanity’s Blue Mind. Every year more experts of all kinds are connecting the dots between brain science and our watery world. This isn’t touchy-feely “let’s save the dolphins” conservation: we’re talking prefrontal cortex, amygdala, evolutionary biology, neuroimaging, and neuron functioning that shows exactly why humans seem to value being near, in, on, or under the water.

We have a “blue mind”—and it’s perfectly tailored to make us happy in all sorts of ways that go far beyond relaxing in the surf, listening to the murmur of a stream, or floating quietly in a pool. Because our love of water is so pervasive, so consistent, it can seem that asking why is a question that needs no answer. ), things are not as simple as we might initially think. We love the rhythmic sound of waves breaking on the beach, but why does that sound relax us more than nearly any other? How might our preference for the flat surface of a lake be rooted to prehistoric hunting patterns?

We know instinctively that being by water makes us healthier, happier, reduces stress, and brings us peace. In 1984 Edward O. Wilson, a Harvard University biologist, naturalist, and entomologist, coined the term “biophilia” to describe his hypothesis that humans have “ingrained” in our genes an instinctive bond with nature and the living organisms we share our planet with. He theorized that because we have spent most of our evolutionary history—three million years and 100,000 generations or more—in nature (before we started forming communities or building cities), we have an innate love of natural settings.

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