Thursday, March 28, 2019

Thinking Out Loud


What were our minds made for? Sometimes I think we've all been given the wrong users manual. Our minds don't seem to have evolved to think. Not really. We were just not designed to be introspective; attempting to be pensive seems to mostly end up being counterproductive. It would be so much easier for us if we didn't think so much about things.

Imagine our ancestors in the bush - a hard-thinking progenitor likely would have been eaten by a lion while his non-thinking but faster-reacting cousin would have sensibly run for cover without having to think about it. Thinking takes up a lot of time, and is generally a waste of energy. Our predecessors likely spent more than a hundred million years as non-thinking mammals. While we pride ourselves today on our ability to use our brains as the successful species that we are, for the most part we do so mostly on subjects too minuscule or peripheral to really matter. If you think about it, we do a lot less thinking than we think we do; maybe that's a good thing, really!!!

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