“Awe is the feeling of being in the presence of something vast that transcends your understanding of the world.”
“My colleague Jonathan Haidt and I have argued that awe is elicited especially by nature, art, and impressive individuals or feats, including acts of great skill or virtue… Biographers routinely discover this in their studies of innovators. Awe drives people to paradigm-shifting discoveries and new technologies. Such was the case of Darwin, Muir, and Einstein.”
~ Dacher Keltner
Photo of a living bristlecone pine tree
The term bristlecone pine covers three species. One of the three species, Pinus longaeva, is among the longest-lived life forms on Earth. The oldest known Pinus longaeva is more than 4,800 years old, making it the oldest individual of any species.