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The Epicurean Brain - Please Read Before Joining
Epicurus is quoted to have said: 'It is more important with whom we eat than what we eat.'
Without having scientific evidence to back this up, I am convinced that Epicureans follow this philosophy not by a mere conscious decision. Instead they are determined by a specific combination of innate hardwired traits in their brain. Adopting the philosophy is the consequence, it is the conscious acceptance of an innate identity.
These traits are:
1. Low subconscious instinctive forces and therefore only weak urges towards procreation, hierarchy forming, ingroup-outgroup distinction. As a consequence, the rational capacities are not hindered or deactivated by instincts.
2. The pleasure center in the brain has a high perceptivitiy and sensitivity to emotional and intellectual stimulation and a low perceptivity and sensitivity to physical stimulation.
As far as Epicureans feel instinctive urges, these trigger behavior to restore homeostasis rather than pleasure seeking behavior.
This kind of a brain enables an Epicurean to be an atheist, skeptics, egalitarian, childfree and to be non-promiscuous, attracted only to monogamous commitment with a companion.
People with such a brain are rare. But they exist and Epicurus himself is the evidence. Had he himself not had such a brain, I doubt that he had ever developed his philosophy. Had there not been likeminded people, nobody would have shared the community of Epicurus' garden.
Having a brain wired differently than the majority is a reason to feel intellectual lonelieness along with emotional loneliness. Having a brain wired to feel attracted to the same way of thinking as a great philosopher cannot be a reason to feel uncomfortable about oneself and it is certainly not a reason to attempt to become like the majority. Instead it is a reason to look for likeminded people.
Being an innate Epicuran myself, I invite all Epicureans to join this group.
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