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Planning for the future: an evolutionary advantage

If you can plan for the future, you’re more likely to survive it. But there’s are limitations as well.

Your accumulated experiences and your cultural life script are the only building blocks you have to construct a vision of the future. This can make it hard to expect the unexpected, and it means people often expect the future to be more like the past, or the present, than it will be.

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Just as memories are more accurate the more recent they are, imagined future scenes are more accurate the nearer in the future they are.

You can remember facts and you can make entirely informational forecasts, but most of the time, when you recall something, you are reliving a scene from your memory.

An evidence that memory and imagining the future might go hand in hand comes from research related to amnesia patients. Studies show that when they lose their pasts, it seems they lose their futures as well.

There’s an extreme positivity bias toward the future: we think that future events are more important to our identity than the past events.

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