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    Man didn’t domesticate plants, Harari tell us: Plants domesticated man.
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    human history is by nature chaotic and what we call progress has not brought us any closer to happiness.
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    The basis of modern science is the recognition of ignorance
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    Mastery of the rules of mathematics enables one to understand statistics, psychology, and other disciplines that require exact science
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    However, almost all scientific study requires financing. The decision on whether or not to fund a project depends on its ability to further a political, military, or economic objective. Science is therefore never pure, but reflects the ideology or religion of the society that produces it
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    The truly unique feature of our language is not its ability to transmit information about men and lions. Rather, it’s the ability to transmit information about things that do not exist at all
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    while some children are like dandelions and can thrive in any kind of environment, not all are quite so resilient. Adverse environments can be especially damaging to “high-reactive” children
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    Cain wraps up this chapter by sharing her experience of joining a public-speaking support group that used exposure therapy and desensitization to help its members overcome intense public speaking fears. For her, it was successful.
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    Cain argues that stimulation plays a vital role: A person’s preference for external input is likely the single biggest difference between introverts and extroverts. Psychologist Hans Eysenck developed a theory that says humans will always seek out just the right amount of stimulation. Extroverts will seek out more; introverts, less. He focused his work on the ascending reticular activating system (ARAS).
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    n the flip side, studies show those with a certain serotonin-regulating gene, associated with introversion, take 28% fewer financial risks and have been shown to outperform their dopamine-driven counterparts when sophisticated decision-making is involved. It’s this “sophisticated decision-making” that can make all the difference in a financial scenario.
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