From Who's Counting: Pictures, Statistics and Genocide
Slovic offers an evolutionary explanation for this decline in sympathy. Humans evolved in an environment where looking out for themselves and their families was their paramount concern.
There was no adaptive or survival value in protecting hundreds of thousands of people on the other side of the planet,he says.Today, we have modern communications that can tell us about crises occurring on the other side of the world, but we are still reacting the same way as we would have long ago.
Why we don't care
I don't plan to delete my LJ (I paid for permanent status, dammit), but this will be the last post. I don't plan to read it anymore, either…
Turns out my insurance is cut off at midnight tonight, not the end of the month. In a way, that's a good thing. Now I'll move my appointment…
A week off, but tomorrow I head to the home office for a week there.