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Why are we attracted to bright things?
« on: 03/01/2014 08:42:33 »
Why are some animals - and some humans - attracted to bright things? It must be down to the fact that we are highly visual animals, so visually-stimulating things are more arresting to us - but why?


 

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Re: Why are we attracted to bright things?
« Reply #1 on: 03/01/2014 20:46:13 »
Could be connected with navigation by the stars. I can often identify a star by its brightness and colour alone (when there's only one star visible in a gap in the clouds), but that comes out of spending a lot of time looking at them. This may be why young children like gazing at coloured lights on Christmas trees.
 

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Re: Why are we attracted to bright things?
« Reply #2 on: 04/01/2014 15:12:18 »
I think it's due to that vital resource water, which is often sparkly.
Creatures with an innate sparkly-philia are less likely to die of thirst as a result.
« Last Edit: 04/01/2014 15:28:05 by RD »
 

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Re: Why are we attracted to bright things?
« Reply #3 on: 07/01/2014 00:28:59 »
Why are some animals - and some humans - attracted to bright things? It must be down to the fact that we are highly visual animals, so visually-stimulating things are more arresting to us - but why?

Light can be a stimulant, it even helps people who are profoundly depressed. The sun is the source of all movement, energy and life on earth, and it is not surprising to me that we are attached to light rather than darkness. Light equates to good and dark to evil, in our psyche.
 

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