20 Apr '12, 4pm

My Earth Day wish: A better human brain

For Earth Day, Treehugger asked several green types what one wish they had that might make the world a better place. The answers were interesting and diverse — you can read them all here . Here’s mine: I would change the human brain. Thanks to millions of years evolving in small groups on the savannah, our brains are rather maladapted to being part of a single human tribe of billions, most of whom we will never see or know, with collective effects on our global habitat that play out incrementally over centuries and are irreversible and possibly unadaptable. Because we spent millions of years as creatures whose lives were short and brutal, we are designed to recognize threats with faces—proximate threats that we can see and touch and smell, that affect our own families and social groups. We have a great deal of intellectual difficulty understanding threats like climate chan...

Full article: http://grist.org/climate-change/my-earth-day-wish-a-bette...

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For Earth Day, a Bit of Perspective By JUSTIN GILLIS Millions of people worldwide will take to the streets, the parks and ...

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