“Look at Clinton and Monica Lewinsky,” she said, referring to the former president, a frequent butt of Letterman’s jokes. “You have a naïve young woman, and the leader of the free world is interested in her. That’s pretty much an aphrodisiac.” “I’m not saying,” she added, “that that’s what happened in Letterman’s case. But he’s […]
The following is an excerpt from Extreme Fear: The Science of Your Mind in Danger by Jeff Wise, published on December 8 by Palgrave Macmillan (Scientific American is a Macmillan publication). Extreme Fear explores the neural underpinnings of this powerful and primitive emotion by relating instances in which people were forced to act under duress and presenting the latest findings from cognitive science. In the following passage from the chapter
The road to where we were to begin the walk to Nagarkot was beautiful. The route we took to the mountain on which Nagarkot sits wound through valleys, over hills, past villages, and past a Hindu shrine.