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1, Jan 12, 2013

Exercise makes us smart, so was it true in the past, so is it today, Part I

Filed under: Exercise — admin @ 12:24 am

I read this piece toward the end of last year — “Exercise and the Ever-Smarter Human Brain” by GRETCHEN REYNOLDS, 12/26/2012. Though it is not something new, I still want to share it here.

The article talks about an emerging scientific view of human evolution, which suggests that “we are clever today in part because a million years ago, we could outrun and outwalk most other mammals over long distances. Our brains were shaped and sharpened by movement, the idea goes, and we continue to require regular physical activity in order for our brains to function optimally.”

In 2004, the evolutionary biologists Daniel E. Lieberman of Harvard and Dennis M. Bramble of the University of Utah published a seminal article in the journal Nature titled “Endurance Running and the Evolution of Homo,” in which they posited that our bipedal ancestors survived by becoming
endurance athletes, able to bring down swifter prey through sheer doggedness, jogging and plodding along behind them until the animals dropped.

To be continued…

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