The Heuristic Interface: Civilization Is A Virus That Benefits From Scale

Obesity, but also impotence and pornography, social contagion and cultural what-the-fucks of all kinds: Hollywood celebrity house tours, stalker paparazzi, YouTube meetups with dangerous sun glasses-donning provocateurs, protests and prison riots, crows perched on telephone wires along the highway — all these phenomena emerge from a kind of hyprerstimulatory heuristic interface between the relatively stationary predispositions of our ancestors and the co-evolutionary dance of contemporary social and economic fitness landscapes at scale. It’s hard not to indulge in modern mammoth meat when the comparative cost of acquiring a McDouble is so minute.

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