One of the reasons our civilization is doomed is because we've created technologies that overwhelm our extremely limited capacity for interacting with the real world. We're hardwired to believe whatever we're told, no matter how absurd, because for 95% of our evolutionary history this was the least maladaptive option. Sure, individual clans or tribes might succumb to the consequences of their mistaken beliefs but overall our species blundered forward and that was - from an evolutionary perspective - all that was required. Today however the economics of information dissemination mean that we're exposed to nonsense every minute of our lives, and our tiny ape-brains are incapable of discerning fact from wild fiction. And so it is that we are destroying ourselves in the pursuit of ad revenues. It's a suitably bathetic end to an intellectually incompetent species.

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