Why Brains Love Disasters
- We are fascinated by bad news because they contain a lot of information.
- Brains are lazy: you go through most of your daily life without thinking about it.
- Brains focus only on events that alter the norm, that are not what was supposed to happen, events that are not what brains would have predicted to happen
- Catastrophes wake up brains
- Ordinary life has no interesting information for brains
- Extraordinary events contain interesting information
- Brains try to extract as much information as possible from disasters
- Brains try to fit the extraordinary into the ordinary, but there isn't enough information about the extraordinary
- Brains even invent information about disasters to fill the blanks
- When disaster strikes, we spin unsubstantiated tales, and we listen to other people spinning unsubstantiated tales.
- Misinformation, gossip and superstition thrive in disasters.
- Our brains are simply trying to increase the amount of information because we know that people expect to acquire a lot of information from a disaster.
- A disaster is a unique opportunity to learn things that we cannot learn from ordinary life.