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Your Brain On Water

In his new book, Blue Mind, author and evolutionary biologist Wallace J. Nichols examines how being in and around water affects our emotions and cognition.

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Jeff Lipsky

What is a “blue mind”?It can be happy, introspective, self-referential. But it’s not necessarily the smiley-face emotion—it’s more than just happy. It’s peaceful, content. And I think that’s what makes poets write poetry, painters paint, musicians make music, and sculptors make sculpture, and why people go to the water and listen to a voice in the water, because it’s more than just happiness.How did you become interested in this subject?For scientists, the emotional aspect of what we do is off-limits; you’re supposed to check that stuff at the door. But I realized emotion was the driving force behind what I do. I became more curious about that, and I discovered neuroscientists who were asking questions about the scientific basis of emotions, but very few were asking about nature. So I started asking questions of them. How do you turn on your own blue mind?I’m looking at Mill Creek right now, by my house. Every day I sit out there and listen to it, and it helps me be a better version of myself. That aspect of water is often overlooked. We take kids to oceans, lakes, and rivers on field trips to lear …

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