Antonio Damasio is a neuroscientist who argues that who we are goes beyond simply our brains. He wrote Descartes’ Error in 1994 proposing such, and in his new book The Strange Order of Things, he goes further into the mind-body connection. An excerpt: Why Your Biology Runs on Feelings.
Yeah, I’m a sucker for clickbaity titles. Still, who doesn’t want to know about keeping your brain active and nimble?
Suggested activities include learning a new language, weightlifting, meditation, playing chess, and reading a book. Most of them really have to do with increasing mindfulness.
Study compares the number of neurons among carnivorans. Verdict: dogs have more neurons, and this means “…dogs have the biological capability of doing much more complex and flexible things with their lives than cats can.”