Why we often rush to embrace actions that harm us

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Group-think is a characteristic of all social primate species. Over millions of years of evolution, acting as a group meant much-increased odds for the survival of each individual within the group. Even today, after we’ve altered the world beyond recognition through the agricultural and industrial revolutions, the ape-brains of homo sapiens are still hardwired to conform to group…