I have been fascinated by this question around hominid evolution: what was the First Conscious Decision by our pre-historic ancestors? Can our ancestors (or their cousins) Australopithacus be credited with having made the first decision? A decision they made regarding what to do with leftover food, perhaps? Did they consciously decide on whether the excess food should be consumed, discarded, or saved? J.M.Roberts’ exceptional book – A History of the World – suggests that Australopithacus may have done just that, based on evidence from Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania.
How has treatment of leftover food evolved over millions of years? Here is a speculation that you might find amusing (or off-the-wall) on how decision-making by Americans around food could evolve. In the process, let me coin the term Americanid to describe us, the North American Hominids.
Do you think the future of doggie bags depend on evolution of our decision making? Will we start to order less as time passes?
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Typical American restaurant portion size is riduclously large and explains why my girth keeps expanding. More restaurants should start offering more portion size options.
We’ll get there in due course. 🙂 Public health initiatives and new healthcare reform will help?
Prophetic, once again! Service-Oriented Eating is crudely achieved via delivery/UberEats. Soon, we’ll have drones delivering the meals (delicacies on demand?).
Soon we’ll replace walking with drone chairs, so we don’t have to move around (it’s easier on the knees, you know). Heck, the food’s coming to us, so why bother go outside?
And soon enough, we’ll get what we’ve always wanted: absolute physical leisure, whereby we become nourished and receive our requisite neurochemical hits of dopamine, seratonin, norepinephrine, etc. without ever having to get up, thereby allowing for a fully immersive experience through our Oculus Rift, which we’ll never remove from our heads.
Ready, Player 1? Whose to say you’re in a virtual world if the interface becomes invisible and you can ‘feel’ your limbs moving? Too soon?
Thanks for the insights!
Yes, @mjag. Immense possibilities. See a take on that progression here: http://harikrish.net/society/technology-meets-spirituality/