Carpe Futurum - Dread and Temporal Myopia!

Fascinating studies published on the web this past week...

Together, they suggest that human beings would prefer less pleasure and/or more pain in the short term, rather than wait for more pleasure and/or less pain at some later point in the future. From the budding field of "neuroeconomics," this "temporal myopia" or fear of "dread" may explain everything from addictive behaviors to poor time management to overdependence on credit. As one article says, "Perhaps over time our minds will evolve to truly appreciate that it is important to seize the day, but not at the expense of tomorrow."

I wouldn't hold my breath... but I guess that's rather the point, isn't it?? ;-)

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