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Brains across animal species ๐Ÿต๐Ÿ™ˆ


Throughout the evolution of mammalian brains, the one structure that has withstood the test of time โŒ›๏ธ has been the limbic system. The limbic system, or emotional part of our brains, stands responsible for our most basic emotions: sadness ๐Ÿ˜ฅ, anger ๐Ÿ˜ค, happiness ๐Ÿ˜Š. Both animals and humans alike are able to feel these visceral emotions, in large part through the limbic system, one of the most ancient brain structures. . But what separates us as humans from other animals? What prevents us from acting on every felt emotion? The answer is in the most sophisticated of neural structures, in which lies hidden the true intellectual power of humankind: the neocortex. The neocortex serves as the logical portion of the brain... the portion that can modify basic emotions through reason โ˜๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ท . It's the development of the neocortex that has given us the potential to build societies of complex infrastructures with governing bodies acting in reason and not in animalistic violence. Lookout for an upcoming post focusing on how our actions may alter development of our neocortex, and how this in turn may have profound implications over our behavior ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ“ธ: bit.ly/2AFkckb

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