How evolution made our brains lazy

Blame our ancestors for why it's easier to be a couch potato.

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  • A new study shows that the brain prefers to expend as little energy as possible.
  • Putting forth less effort had advantages for our ancestors.
  • Being inactive is not beneficial in modern life and needs addressing.
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‘Let the Soul Dangle’: How Mind-Wandering Spurs Creativity

The Germans have a lovely saying for the benefits of keeping an idle mind: ‘die Seele baumeln lassen’, meaning ‘let the soul dangle’.


 

 

Lazy Sunday, Photo credit: Mitchel Jones via Flickr

The Renaissance painter Albrecht Dürer was regarded by his friends as a master in the art of mind-wandering. He could become ‘enwrapped’ in his own pleasant reflections, wrote the German humanist Willibald Pirckheimer, at which times Dürer ‘would seem the happiest person on Earth’. 

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