How Primal Urges Overran Their Evolutionary Purpose.
The modern world is filled with puzzling human behaviours. People sit alone in front of a plastic box watching Friends instead of going out with their real buddies. Men have sex with a two-dimensional magazine page when a willing woman may be in the next room, and there’s a “Department of Defense” in every country when none has a department of “Offense” or “Aggression.” - The author, Deirdre Barrett, writing about her book in the Huffington Post.
Humans have one stupendous advantage — a giant brain. This gives us the unique ability to exercise self-control, override instincts that lead us astray, and extricate ourselves from civilization’s gaudy traps.