Science, People & Politics, Volume 1, 23.5.06.
"The aspects of things that are most important to us are hidden by their simplicity and familiarity"
Whenever two ideas come together in one's mind with a good fit or good match there is a positive hedonic response. Usually it is so small as to pass unnoticed. Yet like raindrops in a rain storm occurrences are abundant, and I argue here that their widespread prevalence makes them a significant driver of daily human affairs. I call this phenomenon - - by which two well-matched observations of any sort cause pleasure - - link-joy. I argue that the neuro process underlying link-joy is ripe for study. By a small amount of reflection on his or her experience of life, a person can establish a conclusion about human brains to which specialists in neuro-science have not yet woken up. My interest in this process is in the brains of so-called normal people, but I note that some experience of link-joy is absent from those with autism and with Capgras Syndrome. I argue that a wider awareness of link-joy holds promise of contributing to an improved stance vis-a-vis political activity and other daily affairs.
This piece was first posted 20th May, 2006. It was corrected on-line
between then and 23rd May. This version (07.25:g.m.t.) is the final version. Letters are invited.
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