“The fundamental problem is that an evolved mind must pay attention to indirect cues of biological fitness, rather than tracking fitness itself. This was a key insight of evolutionary psychology in the early 1990s; although evolution favors brains that tend to maximize fitness (as measured by numbers of great-grandkids), no brain has capacity enough to do so under every possible circumstance.
The result is that we don’t seek reproductive success directly; we seek tasty foods that have tended to promote survival, and luscious mates who have tended to produce bright, healthy babies. The modern result? Fast food and pornography.” Why We Haven’t Met Any Aliens, Seed Magazine
A sobering reminder of the dangers of modern conveniences (like fast food and porn). Young people these days (myself included) are forgetting some of the tried and true methods of living a successful life like hard work, self-discipline and reading (books).
On one hand, I’m dismayed about the direction that our culture is heading. On the other hand, I see a great opportunity. I only have one life to live so there’s no sense in wasting it trying to live a virtual one.