Ask Mark - Week 4 responses

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Thank you to everyone who posted questions last week. I have recorded a response to four of the many interesting questions you had posed in Step 4.8 of Week 4. My video responses are on YouTube with links below. Transcripts will be uploaded as soon as possible.

Question 1: I would like to know more on how the seven basic emotions were arrived at. Play is serious business, think of sports and the global power messages at the Olympic games when ranking countries’ medal achievements. What led to the understanding and it being seven rather than another number of emotions?

Response to question 1 - length: 7:15


Question 2: How do we explain the apparently counter-productive behaviour of seeking high risk experiences such as climbing Mount Everest or walking across Niagara Falls on a narrow tight rope extended high above the cascading falls - these acts obviously do not enhance human survival or reproduction?

Response to question 2 - length: 3:37


Question 3: What happens in the brain when there is no seeking intention and no relationship to survival and reproduction simply unanticipated pleasure? I am thinking of listening to music and starting at a flower. These pleasurable experiences give meaning to life in a spontaneous way without any intention being attached to them in a cognitive sense.

Response to question 3 - length: 4:00


Question 4: Would it be fair to say that a pronounced lack of curiosity and listlessness could be signs of mental unease and possibly dopamine deficiency? What is the difference between a lack of curiosity and boredom?

Response to question 4 - length: 3:31


I look forward to your questions for this week - you can post them in Step 5.12 of Week 4.

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What Is a Mind?

University of Cape Town