"... the pre-frontal cortex does lots of things, but one of the most important things it does is an experience simulator. Pilots practice in flight simulators so that they don't make real mistakes in planes. Human beings have this marvelous adaptation that they can actually have experiences in their heads before they try them out in real life. This is a trick that none of our ancestors could do, and that no other animal can do quite like we can. It's a marvelous adaptation. It's up there with opposable thumbs and standing upright and language as one of the things that got our species out of the trees and into the shopping mall."
This is a quote from Daniel Gilbert author of "Stumbling on Happiness".
Daniel Gilbert's TED talk - The Surprising Science of Happiness - is the topic for Talking with TED at do-over.me on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 8:00 AM.
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