Variables, Correlations, and Selection Pressure
recall a man that truly thought like a gamete: "The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft a-gley" -Robert Burns
I think you get the idea.
What I'm most surprised by is the shocked response by behavioral researchers. Perception of the future is crucial to survival in the wild. The ability to plan and anticipate events is not solely a human trait. Mice stockpile seeds for the winter; bears put on fat for lean times. Granted, many animal behaviors are innate and genetically embedded, rather than cognitively planned. But isn't this a logical behavioral extension, especially for species as cognitively aware as primates?
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