"We’ve all had the experience in one form or another: I stopped in for a coffee at my local establishment. “I’ll have a medium dark roast please,” I said to the barista. “Awesome!” she replied cheerily as she rang up the order. At the time, I wondered whether her response was perhaps just a bit over the top."
If doing the wave at a baseball game or witnessing one’s husband move large objects is an awesome experience, then awe is not a response to vast mystery. And if awe is indeed a response to vast mystery, then many of the stories people tell Mr. Keltner, however much they might have provoked a certain chemical reaction in the brain, are not tales of awe.