One of my favorite great thinkers of this time, and my go-to person whenever I feel down, and in need of some reminders of how good things are getting – yes, they are, and it has to do with the difference between linear and exponential thinking.
“So why are we fed “Negative/Crisis News” 24/7 on every device we own? Humanity evolved on the savannas of Africa over the last 5 million years, surrounded by a world of severe and immediate danger. To deal with this constant presence of danger, our brains evolved an ancient piece of the temporal lobe called the amygdala, which scans everything we see and hear for signs of danger. And when it senses danger, it puts us on red alert. Because of our amygdala, we pay 10x more attention to negative news than to positive news. And for that reason, every news source is putting out 10x more negative stories than positive. It’s purely a matter of marketing… capturing our attention = ad revenue. “If it bleeds, it leads” is the saying. Since every TV news show’s job is to deliver your eyes to their advertisers, negative stories reign. And we remain glued to the programming.“