Though it can brutally scar you within seconds of light contact, fire has long been humanity’s friend. In this way we are not so dissimilar from the humble and somewhat stupid common moth, instinctively making a moth-line for glowing warmth wherever it may be found and even if there is a window in the way!
“Campfires and other types of fires, like hearth fires, seem to be multi-sensory stimulators, so they grab our attention through every single one of our senses,” says Christopher Lynn, anthropologist at the University of Alabama who authored a study that found people are more social around fire and also have lower blood pressure. “Creativity and ingenuity are important to humans. Having the opportunity to sit around a fire and see different aspects of each other is really important for social bonding.”