Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

Why do we smile?

An evolutionary explanation of why we laugh and smile and cry the way we do.  Seems very convincing and eye-opening. Make sure you get to the last paragraph.

From the excellent aeon magazine:

The first smile

Why do laughter, smiles and tears look so similar? Perhaps because they all evolved from a single root

by 13 August 2014 | aeon magazine

Michael Graziano is a neuroscientist, novelist and composer. He is a professor of neuroscience at Princeton University. His latest book is Consciousness and the Social Brain.

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October 21, 2014 Posted by | anthropology, behaviour, emotions, evolution | , , , , | Leave a comment

Smile!

People like a happy face, but not all smiles are equal.  LaFrance’s new book Lip Service looks at the complex effects of smiling.  From Canadian Business:

The winning smile: Harder than it looks

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October 10, 2011 Posted by | anthropology, behaviour | , | Leave a comment