Evolutionary psychologist’s Sunday sermon: Blame evolution for your lack of patience and charity
|June 23, 2013||Posted by News under Evolutionary psychology, Intelligent Design|
In an opinion article in July’s issue of Reader’s Digest Dr Mann, a senior lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire’s school of psychology,
wrote that anger was once key to our survival but has now become targeted at trivial annoyances. Humans evolved to become angry in certain situations because the emotion motivates us to want things. For example, hunger makes us angry by raising our serotonin levels, prompting us to look for food. Anger also played an important role in helping early humans live together in social groups, by warning individuals when their behaviour was upsetting others.
Because anger is still “hard-wired” into our brain without a real purpose it can “misfire,” leading us to rage about inconsequential events.
This isn’t just evo psych nonsense, it’s destructive evo psych nonsense.
There is no reason to doubt that, even at the dawn of humanity, the “adult toddlers” among us raged about trivial things.
Alternative Sunday sermon from a non-Darwinist source: Grow up. Before something really stupid happens.