Interview about Supernormal Stimuli

At Forgoodreason.org, I’m listening to an interview about how our instincts have become “supernormal” in our evolution to the point where it’s starting to be detrimental to us.  Example: our ancestors were always on the go and so to compensate for all of those lost calories, they had to eat a lot.  But through the industrial revolution, we really don’t need to move around as much anymore.  But that instinct of eating a lot is still with us.  Thus, we will eventually become overweight.  Indeed, obesity is now the epidemic of the early 21 century.  She has more interviews that deals with stuffed animals, junk beliefs, porn, masturbation, and television sitcoms.  Her book is now on my wishlist.  Fascinating stuff.

About shaunmiller

I am an assistant professor (LTR) at Dalhousie University. My ideas are not associated with my employer; they are expressions of my own thoughts and ideas. Some of them are just musings while others could be serious discussions that could turn into a bigger project. Besides philosophy, I enjoy martial arts (Kuk Sool Won), playing my violin, enjoying coffee around town, and experimenting with new food.
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4 Responses to Interview about Supernormal Stimuli

  1. thekillerj says:

    Overabundance of sexual stimuli, junk media, and food are overload for our instincts? I agree, but what is she implying be done about it? That’s where I may have issue.

  2. Marcy says:

    I am listening to the interview right now,and enjoying it. I have friends and loved ones both side of the argument. The skeptic is refreshing.

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