Filter, not find

Modern humans are overwhelmed and overloaded with food, information, stimulation, etc

This challenge is different from what we evolved to meet. We evolved as hunter-gatherers who had to expend energy and intelligence to acquire our food. Those lives included frequent periods of scarcity during winter, migration or other deprivation.

Modern life is different. It requires us not so much to find as to filter.

Food
Especially in Western societies, modern humans can access food almost anytime. Many substances are food forgeries — things that look like food but are not nourishing. Others are the kinds of food that can make us obese.

We must learn to filter out the fake food, and embrace real food.

Information and choices
We live in the age of the Internet, ubiquitous advertising, hundreds of television channels and consumer culture. Even the poor see thousands of consumer messages and are offered many choices. It’s hard to know what to do.

It is vital for modern humans to learn to filter. Otherwise we fight our instincts.

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