Convictions pt 6

Bit of a shorter paragraph today, I’m tired and I still have to revise a bit of chemistry for tomorrow (and weights session at 7am, yay(!))

This paragraph focuses more on the evolutionary origin of convictions, will probably need to find a few more sources, some more abstract and out there links, because a google search for “convictions, evolution” doesn’t really confer much and I seem to have forgotten a lot of stuff I was going to write about (apparently one only remembers 40% of what happened to them the day before)

Why do we have convictions? It seems that all humans have them. So it stands to reason that convictions, like most other inherited habits, must have conferred some evolutionary benefit for humans, a few thousand years ago. The simple answer is that convictions save energy, to process both sides of an argument, to consider every new input is exhausting. In a harsh territory, with limited amounts of fuel and brain glucose, the human mind sought a simple way to quickly make judgements using the minimum amount of energy. Emil Cioran, a Romanian philosopher, once said: “We have convictions only if we have studied nothing thoroughly.” And that’s exactly what our distant Neanderthal ancestors did, study nothing thoroughly. As with other inherited vestiges of our primitive past- such as a compulsion to choose sugary foods- it must be shed in our journey into becoming our best possible selves.


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