NEROSCIENCE – COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY: “Religion is Nature’s Antidepressant” / Big Think / Robert Sapolsky ☮

“Essentially there has been no culture on earth that has not invented some form of what could be termed ‘meta-magical thinking'”, says Robert Sapolsky.

Why does religion seem to manifest in culture no matter what?

COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY: “Why We Fear What We Can’t Control: Airplanes, Hospital, Old Age / big think / Tali Sharot ☮

Fear is a motivator—often, when we’re scared, we feel that we want to leave a situation. That so-called “pull” that you feel often has more to do with wanting to be in a place of agency and control than it does, say, being scared of the dark, or flying. Actually, fear of flying is a great example for what Tali Sharot proposes. We all know that we couldn’t actually fly the plane if we were giving the controls, but we’re more-so afraid of giving up all of our perceived control. You’re three times more likely to crash in a car than crash in a plane but we all feel as if we are in control… which is why you don’t have many people scared of driving. Tali does a great job explaining the mentality behind fear, and her video here is worth a watch.

INTROVERSION: “Making it as an Introvert (feat. Simon Baxter)” / Sean Tucker ☮

As an introvert I have always found it challenging to compete in the freelance photography world, but I’ve learnt some tricks which have helped. On a recent trip to Lindisfarne I made this video to talk about looking after yourself, choosing your photography genre, and some business tips as well when selling yourself to clients, all without having to fake extroversion. I also had a great time sitting down with photographer Simon Baxter to hear about his experience as a solo woodland and landscape photographer.