input from the eyes gets carried to the back of the brain for
processing but the receptors in the nose contact a thin extrusion
of the brain tissue directly,” added Prof Tantum.
area of the brain that is closest to the nose is the orbitofrontal
cortex. It might be there because so many of our most basic
connections to other people are via smell.”
Tantum also argues that the interbrain is the reason people are
drawn to religions or feel the need to come together in huge
crowds at football matches or concerts.
experience of transcendence is one and this might be the root of
spirituality and indeed what many people would consider the
meaning of life,” he said.
in crowd mode may also make us experience what it would be like to
transcend out perspective, our time, our place and our capacity,
to feel for a moment, like a driving being.
also may explain why some people commit atrocities like murder and
terrorism. The book argues that feelings of hate, disgust, rage
and contempt effectively switch off the interbrain, making it
impossible to see a situation from another person’s point of view.
Prof Tantum believes the internet could have a damaging effect on
such communication, which has evolved over millions of years, and
what probably sets humans apart from other animals
face looking at you in the video chat is the face of someone
seconds before,” he said. “Even if you and they have excellent
bandwith connection it is their face milliseconds before.
contagion occurs at the speed of light, not the speed of
electronic transmission. Face-to-face visual input is accompanied
by sound, by gesture, by the smell of sweat, by the possibility of
touch, and by a connect.
what is lacking in this vast network is an interbrain connection
between its human participants.”