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Why it is awesome that your brain can experience awe

By Richard Sima

15 Sep 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Experiencing "awe" can have a profoundly positive impact on us. This article, written by a former neuroscientist, explores feelings of awe and gives some tips on how we can conjure it.

Not many people have held a human brain in their hands, but I am among a lucky few.

I remember the weight of it, both physical and metaphorical. The brain itself was probably three pounds of flesh - firm but pliable to the touch, and smelling strongly of preservative. I cupped it in both hands for fear of dropping it.

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