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Why are human brains wired to screw us over?

3 monthes ago   |   By Grist

Q. Dear Umbra,
Why are human beings wired to prioritize our short-term interests? Looks like we're set up to fail in the long run! What's going on?
- Can Anyone Validate or Elucidate My Anxious Narrative?
A. Dear CAVEMAN,
It's kind of wild to be living through a timeline that reads like a biblical parable, isn't it? Humans built up this world to make ourselves comfortable, and now that's threatening to make the entire species go extinct.That sounds very cynical and Old Testament, but I'm Jewish! We love to dwell on people's flaws and analyze them until we black out.
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