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Why can't we stick to our goals? Blame the sloppy engineering of evolution. ... We're the only species smart enough to plan systematically for the future -- yet we remain dumb enough to ditch even our most carefully made plans in favor of short-term gratification. ... Trying to remember what to do next can be a little like trying to remember what you had for breakfast yesterday: There are too many breakfasts and too many...

2008-05-04

 planning goals future memory evolution short-term long-term brain psychology
A male chimpanzee in a Swedish zoo planned hundreds of stone-throwing attacks on zoo visitors, according to researchers. Keepers at Furuvik Zoo found that the chimp collected and stored stones that he would later use as missiles. Further, the chimp learned to recognise how and when parts of his concrete enclosure could be pulled apart to fashion further projectiles. ... There has been scant evidence in previous research that animals can...

2009-03-09

 future animal chimpanzee intelligence planning consciousness
The ability to think of the long-term consequences of one's behavior and use this information to guide present and future actions, commonly referred to as foresight, is a key higher-order cognitive ability that may be deficient among persons with schizophrenia and substantially limit the degree to which such individuals experience a functional recovery from the disease...

2008-07-07

 foresight future schizophrenia planning brain
We expect our future successes to overpower our past ones. Compared to an imaginary Joe Bloggs, we deem ourselves likely to live longer, more likely to have a successful career and less likely to suffer divorce or ill health. Even the most cynical of minds had a tendency for making similar, overconfident predictions.

2009-10-02

 optimistic future foresight planning psychology evolution brain
If we are on a slow, winding, and undependable road to tomorrow, as I assert, how does that change things?

2010-06-15

 optimism future planning reality
Experiments with Eurasian jays have shown that the birds store food that they will want in the future - "planning" for their impending needs. The study revealed that birds would stash more of the foods that they knew would be unavailable to them on forthcoming foraging trips. Jays are not the first birds to show that they might have the capacity for what is known as "mental time travel"...

2011-11-02

 bird planning time time travel future animal intelligence