November 5, 2013

While some [human predeccesor] bands interacted peacefully with each other, on average about one in eight men died in conflicts between bands, compared to one in a hundred men who died due to warfare in the twentieth century.
Rick Hanson in "Hardwiring Happiness".
That's quite a remarkable idea when you think about it.
One reason that mediated boredom is so hard to notice is that it cloaks itself in the rhetoric of nowness and newness. To recognize oneself as bored, one must know how to differentiate between moments--if only to see that they are essentially the same.