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The Biological Advantage of Being Awestruck

This video was inspired by:
1) The ideas of psychologist Nicholas Humphrey who has written of “THE BIOLOGICAL ADVANTAGE OF BEING AWESTRUCK”. Basically, our ability to awe was biologically selected for by evolution because it imbues our lives with sense of cosmic significance that has resulted in a species that works harder not just to survive but to flourish.
2) The Stanford study that found that AWE is clinically good for you, expanding perception of time, increasing compassion and empathy and promoting well being.
3) Ross Andersen’s rapturous meditation on the ontological awakening of our psyches provided by the Hubble Space Telescope.




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Interesting hypothesis, meriting further (rigorous study). At this point, like many other evolutionary psychological hypotheses, this strikes me as a "just so" story.
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