Catastrophe in Cali: Danger & the Brain

The Thomas Fire, California, 2017

The Thomas Fire, California, 2017

The Thomas Fire swept through California a few months ago. Jenni and Rio happen to live right, smack where that happened. Then it rained and a huge mud/debris-slide killed 23 people and destroyed a large swath of the small town, Montecito (also just a few miles from our home). In the midst of all this threat, terror and tragedy were repeated evacuations, intensely unhealthy air-quality, closed freeways, no phone services, no internet services, no way to commute, get to school or work and lots of economic fallout.

The Montecito Mudslide, California, January 2018

The Montecito Mudslide, California, January 2018

So how does all this affect the brain? What is our human default setting for disaster? How do we recover? What are the benefits of danger? What happens when we lose modernity for a minute?

We try to answer all that and more - hopefully we don't fail. Check it out.

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