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  •  Humans live in the "middle world". (2+ / 0-)
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    ozsea1, blueoasis

    As defined by Richard Dawkins, the middle world is the range between the microscopic and supermacroscopic that humans live in.  We're good at working with fairly limited scales (inches, feet, miles, days, years) and numbers (tens, hundreds, thousands), but not so much at the extreme ends of things (micrometers, light-years, decades, billions, trillions, etc) because the human mind has evolved to operate on those midrange scales.

    That's not to say that humans can't train themselves to process that kind of information, just that on the everyday side of things, that kind of processing ability is not required and can be underdeveloped as a result of that.

    If you show someone a disaster that will happen tomorrow, you'll get a strong response.  If you show someone a disaster that will happen in a hundred years, it will seem less urgent, even if it's a worse disaster.

    Reality has a liberal bias.

    by Hayate Yagami on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 09:55:44 PM PST

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