Neuroscientist Dean Burnett dives into the squishy science and bubbly feelings of what happiness meansThe pursuit of happiness is one of the most common and enduring quests of human life. It’s what drives us to get a job, fall in love, watch stand-up comedy, have questionable obsessions and come home at the end of the day. But where does happiness come from, and why do we need it so much? Is lasting, permanent happiness possible―or should it be? And what does any of this have to do with the brain?
Dean Burnett Dean Burnett is a neuroscientist, blogger, sometimes-comedian and author. He is 35 and lives in Cardiff. He is currently a lecturer/tutor at the Cardiff University Centre for Medical Education. His first book, The Idiot Brain, was an international bestseller published in over 20 countries. His 'Brain Flapping' blog is the most read on the Guardian science network, with over 15 million views since 2012.
The internet is a weird place. Part of this is due to how things linger rather than disappear, as they tended to do with more “traditional” media. Nowadays, people’s jobs can (rightly or wrongly) be endangered for tweets they wrote years ago. The adage about “today’s news is tomorrow’s fish and chip papers” seems no longer to apply.
It really annoys me when children's cartoons portray fish characters out on land with a bowl of water on their head but the bowl doesn't cover their gills so would be functionally useless
In other news, I've had hardly any sleep
@rhynocerous@holly I've written 3 articles about this but basically it presents a scientifically flawed, alarmingly biased view of how depression works. It's like a narrative was created to support an excisting conclusion, one that's leading people to make damaging, possibly fatal decisions
Also, regarding this, my piece on the dangers of Hari's antidepressant claims was run by several editors, the Guardian legal team, and rewritten several times as a result to make it watertight. There's nothing here to suggest the compliant was about my arguments, not Hari's https://t.co/yJmRntUsp5
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