Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Your Fascination With Fire

"Daniel Fessler, an evolutionary anthropologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, has conducted research that indicates an adult's fascination with fire is a direct consequence of not having mastered it as a child. Fire has been crucial to human survival for around one million years, and in that time, Fessler argues, humans have evolved psychological mechanisms specifically dedicated to controlling it. But because most Westerners no longer learn how to start, maintain and use fire during childhood, we instead wind up with a curious attraction to it — a burning desire left to languish."


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KenWheaton (#401)

As a child who was allowed to play with matches frequently, I call bullshit.

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

@KenWheaton Is there ANY kid out there who didn't sneak through the woods behind his cousin's house and light on fire debris pulled from the dumpster next to the paint factory?

Cooper (#5,827)

@KenWheaton A corollary! And then there were the kids in my neighborhood whose matches wound up burning down two or three acres of backyard forest. So they're probably the rare cases that managed to quench their fascination.

KenWheaton (#401)

@Cooper To be clear, we were far out in the sticks … and our burning was limited to garbage (which is how my grandmother disposed of it) … and fireworks. We managed never to burn any structures down to the ground.

saythatscool (#101)

@KenWheaton Soon I will feed you the world, my pet…

I also call bullshit — I grew up in a house with a wood burning stove that I was forced to light on at least a weekly basis and I still hear the siren song of sweet sweet flames.

Hello Kidney (#232,733)

@Brianna Klemm@facebook Shout out to growing up with wood-burning stoves! I lived in rural Maine & my neighbors cooked on one. Our house was heated with one. And I still love The Fire.

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