May 7, 2021

Mélanie Boucarut

We pride ourselves on being so rational

We think we take decisions from cold, logical appraisals, and the exercise of our free will.


We have evolved over millions of years to be perfectly, outstandingly adapted to the life we had about 100,000 years ago.

Come on.

Humor me.

Extend your two arms out, perpendicular to your body.

Pretend that the history of life on earth is represented by the distance between your hands.

The tip of your LEFT hand is when life appeared on earth. Primates appeared somewhere between the third and second joint of your RIGHT middle finger.

Chimps, gorillas and early humans, at the base of your nail.

Now, take a file and gently scrape it twice along your fingernail. You just wiped out all records of homo sapiens.

Our brain is optimized for the problems we had 100,000 years ago: figuring out where we stand in complex social interactions; sparing effort; avoiding brutal physical death.

When you’re procrastinating, demotivated, comparing yourself to others, disappointed in yourself, ashamed, confused, angry, feeling stuck, or caught in thought loops:

Stop believing that you’re flawed. Not enough. Or doomed.

It’s just your primal brain doing what it’s evolved to do.

No bad horses, only untrained riders 🐴

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