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