So often it seems like our hearts get in the way of our minds. We don’t want to deprive ourselves of the positive feelings, like joy and excitement, but emotions overtake us and can totally get in the way of our clear thinking. Why must we be their puppets? We think of emotions as being vestigia of our primitive selves, at odds with our big, capable modern brains. But maybe that’s not right. From an evolutionary perspective, our wild emotions may be prerequisites for rational thought.
Bill Gates may be the world’s first trillionaire in 25 years. That’s according to a projection by Oxfam, using an 11% rate of return that has been typical in recent years for the world’s wealthiest individuals.