Darwin’s wastebasket: Time perception, evolutionary psychology, and Donald Trump
|February 4, 2017||Posted by News under Intelligent Design|
No, look, we are just passing this on, on our way out to do chores.* From Angela Chen at The Verge:
Donald Trump has only been president for two weeks, but if you’re not happy about the new administration, those 14 days might feel more like 14 years. That’s normal: our brains really do distort time based on how we’re feeling. It’s an evolutionary trick that was helpful when large predators lurked around every corner, but less helpful now as the days seem to drag by.More.
Why do probable urbanites feel they intimately know what it would take to survive in the Old Stone Age?
Skinny: It was never helpful not to have a good sense of time, just like it was never helpful to be half-blind or half-deaf. But we have what we have and we do what we can. And Donald Trump does not get rent-free space in the head of everyone on the planet just because he’s US Prez, either. That, Angela, is a choice.
By the way, we ran into this kind of stuff couple days back about the alleged evolution of unreliable memory. As biophysicist Kirk Durston pointed out, primitive man didn’t get any slack cut by nature for making mistakes due to fuzziness.
Actual information about how the mind/brain works must be sought by doing real work elsewhere.
*Regular news coverage begins later this afternoon. It’s Saturday here. Be realistic. – O’Leary for News
See also: Wall Street Journal cranks up the Universal Darwinator
“The evolutionary psychologist knows why you vote — and shop, and tip at restaurants”
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