Man Invents Curiosity, Then Boredom (Part 2): Winifred Gallagher

Dec. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Neophilia, our genius for dealing with all things new, enabled early humans to adapt to droughts and floods, experiment with new technologies and venture into unknown territory in search of resources. By 10,000 years ago, however, many of our ancestors had become farmers in settlements. Living in large groups increased intellectual stimulation as well as safety, and our early agrarian forebears could devote more of their explorative energy to creative achievements, both cerebral and practical.

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