„…natural selection doesn’t care about our happiness.”

And that’s just evidence that natural selection doesn’t care about our happiness. If it cared about our happiness, it would just leave us in a state of eternal bliss.

In the book, you say it can be helpful to think of natural selection as a force like the evil robot overlords in The Matrix, which keep people living in a dream, blind to the true reality of their lives.

I think it’s a useful metaphor.
How does that work? How does meditation help us recognize and free ourselves from the emotional impulses we’ve evolved to have?

In terms of actual brain science, I don’t think we know the complete answer by any means. We do know that one thing that happens during mindfulness meditation is that the so-called default mode network in the brain gets quiet.

Thomas MacMillan „Natural Selection Made Us Anxious. Meditation Can Help

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