We understand the human condition as: "characteristics, key events, and situations which compose the essentials of human existence". In other words; what does it mean to be human today and why are we here?
There's still so much we don't understand, but that shouldn't stop us from exploring. After Copernicus, most came to accept the theory that the earth revolved around the sun, even if they didn't understand how. Only after 150 years– when Isaac Newton developed the laws of gravity– did humanity really comprehend this phenomenon. 200 years after that, Einstein refined Newton's explanation with his theory of general relativity, confirming what Copernicus suspected all along. Today, these paradigms are still being questioned. We believe the same will be true when attempting to understanding the relationship between brain and mind.
We are the only living creatures with a nervous system complex enough to comprehend notions such as 'purpose' and 'fate'. As our brains evolved from 'Reptilian' to 'Paleomammalian' to 'Neomammalian', we as humans came to benefit from improved abilities to parent, bond, communicate, cooperate and love. The downside? Our vastly complex brains are fertile ground for a harvest of suffering.
Only humans worry about the future, regret the past and blame ourselves for the present. It is this kind of suffering- constructed by the brain- that causes most of our unhappiness and dissatisfaction. We see the optimism and hope in this fact. Because if the brain is the cause of suffering, it can also be its cure.
As technologists, we believe the next phase of wellbeing innovation will come as a result of using modern technology to analyse our psychological responses. We will therefore make smart decisions for our minds, just as we make smart decisions for our bodies through nutrition and exercise. Read more about the human condition on the blog.
Committed to the study of the human condition, we aim to inform the creation of smart products that enhance wellbeing and reduce suffering.
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