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II. Exploring Your Brain > 6. Emotions

Chapter 6. Emotions

In the early days of human civilization, the brain was (somewhat humiliatingly) overlooked. Despite a few physicians and philosophers who were on the right track, most people thought the heart was the seat of thought, morality, and intelligence. Aristotle suggested that the brain was nothing more than a portable radiator designed to cool blood. The Bible failed to mention the brain at all, instead stressing the three organs that Hebrew thinkers thought were most important to the human soul—namely, the heart, kidneys, and bowels (leading to charming turns of phrase such as “My kidneys shall rejoice” [Proverbs 23:16] and “My bowels are troubled for him” [Jeremiah 31:20]). To this day, the English language still bears the marks of this age-old heart obsession. After all, when was the last time you had a brain-to-brain with your significant other, described baby kittens as brain-warming, or implored an unfeeling cynic to have a brain?


  

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