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Life in the Fast Lane

by Scott Barry Kaufman, May 21, 2016

Fast money. Fast cars. Fast sex. You know the deal. Many people live the fast life. From actors, athletes, and rock stars to inner city suburban youth and hunter-gatherer tribes in rural Brazil. You might be living the fast life right now. The fact that so many people across the world and through the ages have lived life in the fast lane suggests that there may be some evolutionary basis for that lifestyle. Was living the fast life evolutionarily adaptive for some of our distant ancestors living under certain conditions? Looking through an evolutionary lens, can we make greater sense of the evolutionary logic for why people, living in a variety of environments, make the sort of decisions they do in their lives?

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