Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Power of Disgust

Source: NY Times
I came across the topic of 'disgust' twice in as many days. Here is an interesting quick read on the subject.

Apparently, disgust is the new frontier in emotion research. Disgust may be analagous to fear or pain, functioning essentially a noxious stimulus that keeps us from danger. 

Could disgust exist, in part, to keep us safe from the 'cooties'?  Perhaps even keeping plague and pestilence at bay?

For a more in depth read, it may be worth checking out That's Disgusting- Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion, by Rachel Herz.  Click here for the NY Times book review.

I plan on checking this out soon.

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