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ConservativePolitico
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4/29/2013 9:13:39 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
I find it interesting that humans have developed crying as an emotional release. By a purely biological sense, watering eyes, wailing and the heaving of the body should have no positive effect on people at all. Yet somehow this action releases pent up emotions leading to an overall positive effect in the long run.

Is this something purely biological? Or is there something deeper behind it?

I just find the action interesting. That sadness creates such a strong biological response that seems to make little sense if you think about it.
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4/29/2013 9:42:02 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
You're not looking at it through the lens of communication.
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4/29/2013 10:31:40 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/29/2013 9:13:39 AM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
I find it interesting that humans have developed crying as an emotional release. By a purely biological sense, watering eyes, wailing and the heaving of the body should have no positive effect on people at all. Yet somehow this action releases pent up emotions leading to an overall positive effect in the long run.

Is this something purely biological? Or is there something deeper behind it?

Deeper like? o.O

And, no... There's nothing deeper to you're response than that it's a biological response b/c you happen to be a biological being.
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4/29/2013 11:52:27 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/29/2013 9:13:39 AM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
I find it interesting that humans have developed crying as an emotional release. By a purely biological sense, watering eyes, wailing and the heaving of the body should have no positive effect on people at all. Yet somehow this action releases pent up emotions leading to an overall positive effect in the long run.

Is this something purely biological? Or is there something deeper behind it?

I just find the action interesting. That sadness creates such a strong biological response that seems to make little sense if you think about it.

It's intended to signal to your fellow apes authentic stress and anguish. That's the adaptive benefit. The feeling of release is probably more complicated to explain since it's neuro/biochemestry but the end result the important thing, which is that or species realizes that there is sometimes a need to cry, i.e., signal to our fellows that we've succumbed to overwhelming stress.
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ConservativePolitico
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4/29/2013 12:01:33 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/29/2013 11:52:27 AM, vbaculum wrote:
At 4/29/2013 9:13:39 AM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
I find it interesting that humans have developed crying as an emotional release. By a purely biological sense, watering eyes, wailing and the heaving of the body should have no positive effect on people at all. Yet somehow this action releases pent up emotions leading to an overall positive effect in the long run.

Is this something purely biological? Or is there something deeper behind it?

I just find the action interesting. That sadness creates such a strong biological response that seems to make little sense if you think about it.

It's intended to signal to your fellow apes authentic stress and anguish. That's the adaptive benefit. The feeling of release is probably more complicated to explain since it's neuro/biochemestry but the end result the important thing, which is that or species realizes that there is sometimes a need to cry, i.e., signal to our fellows that we've succumbed to overwhelming stress.

That would make sense, it's a signal in order to garner support and care to ease your stress. Never thought of it that way before. Clever.
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4/30/2013 1:20:31 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/29/2013 11:52:27 AM, vbaculum wrote:
At 4/29/2013 9:13:39 AM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
I find it interesting that humans have developed crying as an emotional release. By a purely biological sense, watering eyes, wailing and the heaving of the body should have no positive effect on people at all. Yet somehow this action releases pent up emotions leading to an overall positive effect in the long run.

Is this something purely biological? Or is there something deeper behind it?

I just find the action interesting. That sadness creates such a strong biological response that seems to make little sense if you think about it.

It's intended to signal to your fellow apes authentic stress and anguish. That's the adaptive benefit. The feeling of release is probably more complicated to explain since it's neuro/biochemestry but the end result the important thing, which is that or species realizes that there is sometimes a need to cry, i.e., signal to our fellows that we've succumbed to overwhelming stress.

Then why do some grieve alone and still feel relieved?
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4/30/2013 1:48:08 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/30/2013 1:20:31 PM, pozessed wrote:
At 4/29/2013 11:52:27 AM, vbaculum wrote:
At 4/29/2013 9:13:39 AM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
I find it interesting that humans have developed crying as an emotional release. By a purely biological sense, watering eyes, wailing and the heaving of the body should have no positive effect on people at all. Yet somehow this action releases pent up emotions leading to an overall positive effect in the long run.

Is this something purely biological? Or is there something deeper behind it?

I just find the action interesting. That sadness creates such a strong biological response that seems to make little sense if you think about it.

It's intended to signal to your fellow apes authentic stress and anguish. That's the adaptive benefit. The feeling of release is probably more complicated to explain since it's neuro/biochemestry but the end result the important thing, which is that or species realizes that there is sometimes a need to cry, i.e., signal to our fellows that we've succumbed to overwhelming stress.

Then why do some grieve alone and still feel relieved?

The same reason people masturbate alone and feel relieved :)

Natural selection is an imperfect engineer. The neuro/biochemestry governing crying is present whether or not we are around others; the need to cry is still there. However, the reason we evolved to cry is best described in social terms.
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