How Our Brains Shield Us From Worrying About Our Demise

Researchers say that our brains do their best to keep us from dwelling on our inevitable demise. The brain doesn’t accept that death is related to us. When our brain gets information that links self to death, something tells us it’s not reliable and we shouldn’t believe it. Being shielded from thoughts of our future death is crucial for us to live in the present. The protection switches on in early life as our minds develop and we realize death eventually comes to us all. We are able to lead a relatively normal and happy life only because the brain shuts down predictions about our death and prevents us from consciously thinking about the idea that we’re going to die. While we can’t rationally deny that it will someday happen, our brain helps us to think of it more as something that happens to other people.

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

On This Day

1869 - Thousands of businessmen were financially ruined after a panic on Wall Street. The panic was caused by an attempt to corner the gold market by Jay Gould and James Fisk.

Fact of the Day

In Japan, if a working day falls between two public holidays, that working day becomes an additional holiday by law, also known as “Citizen’s Holiday.”

Nature Oddities

When jaguars eat the leaves of the yaje plant, the are affected in much the same way as domesticated cats are affected by catnip.

Food and Drink

Tater tots were invented in 1953 when Ore-Ida founders were trying to figure out what to do with leftover slivers of cut-up potatoes. The product was first offered commercially in stores in 1956.
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