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Sexy mental fitness 

 •  • by Paul Ingraham

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Another terrific quote from Sam Kean’s very charming 2012 book about genetics, The Violinist’s Thumb. Not super on-topic for PainScience.com … but I still think a lot of you will love it.

Sexy in most creatures means brawny, well-proportioned, or lavishly decorated—think bucks’ antlers and peacocks’ tails. But singing or dancing can also draw attention to someone’s robust physical health. And painting and witty poetry highlight someone’s mental prowess and agility—talents crucial for navigating the alliances and hierarchies of primate society. Art, in other words, betrays a sexy mental fitness.

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