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The boney component of the anatomical orbit*strong text* (in lay terms the eye socket) is the area bordered by the zygomatic, frontal, maxilla, sphenoid, palatine, lacrimal and ethmoid bones. The use of the word orbit (red) in orbitofrontal cortex refers to the positioning of this part of the frontal cortex (green) being directly behind the orbit: ...
Orbitofrontal cortex: the area of the cerebral cortex located at the base of the frontal lobes above the orbits (or eye sockets), involved especially in social and emotional behaviour.
Quick search on etymonline for Orbital: orbital (adj.): 1540s with reference to eye sockets; 1839 with reference to heavenly bodies; from orbit (n.) + -al (1). So my best guess is that it's related to eyes.
I don't think you can ever ask or answer for that matter WHY questions in biology. The only answer there is: because it works. Asking why questions implies that there was a reason, and reason cannot exist alone by itself. Reason is held by someone or something. And reason is something that doesn't exist, it is something we created and use for our own ...
The stoned ape "theory" ("we owe our very existence as a species to psychedelics") isn't theory, despite it's pretense. There is no support for it in evidence, or in theory. Nor can there be because in its own terms it defies both. It's founder seems to have thought himself a genius, and solicited a cult-like following determined to spread his message, as ...
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