We Aren’t Built to Live in the Moment

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"What best distinguishes human beings from other animals is our foresight, as scientists are just beginning to recognize. A more apt name for our species would be Homo prospectus, because we thrive by considering our prospects. The power of prospection is what makes us wise. Looking into the future, consciously and unconsciously, is a central function of our large brain, as psychologists and neuroscientists have discovered — rather belatedly, because for the past century most researchers have assumed that we’re prisoners of the past and the present."

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