Evolution has always been an issue for all generations. Finding the best recipe for being happy or for being grateful for what you have is not a simple task. But fortunately for some, scientists have found a method that could make everyone’s life considerably easier. Here it is: safely betting on Mr. Okay makes Mr. Right become obsolete.
Researchers from Michigan State University have worked with a lot of human volunteers and also computerized programs, in order to detect how our mind works in risky situations regarding the possibility of mating or not. The conclusion was by far what the majority of people do nowadays: the “safe bet” strategy is preferred when stakes are high.
Chris Adami, Ph.D., professor of microbiology and molecular genetics and co-author of the paper has talked publicly about the subject on various occasions.
“Primitive humans were likely forced to bet on whether or not they could find a better mate. They could either choose to mate with the first, potentially inferior, companion and risk inferior offspring, or they could wait for Mr. or Ms. Perfect to come around.”
As a conclusion to his opinion, he says that if people chose to wait, they risk never mating.
His conclusions have be drawn with the help of a computerized program that traces risk-taking behaviors, given a palette of thousands of generations, with digital organisms. These particular ones were programmed to make decisions in a natural way, just like humans would.
“An individual might hold out to find the perfect mate but run the risk of coming up empty and leaving no progeny. Settling early for the sure bet gives you an evolutionary advantage, if living in a small group.”
Task-risking behavior have been studied thoroughly and scientists have found out that there are some conditions that succeed in influencing our decision-making process. The decisions in cause are important, flamboyant, once-in-a-lifetime kind, those that influence people’s future incontestably, such as having children or not.
A small group means about 150 people, and that is the number of those with whom we spend our lives with, counted in a period of an entire lifetime. If people are part of a large community and the constantly meet and socialize with other people, the chance of them choosing someone just to avoid taking the risk is not as high.
However, people treat risk acceptance differently, and this is quite a moving theory, because evolution of humanity actually depends on it.
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