We're Only Human: Foraging in the Modern World; December 2008/January 2009; Scientific American Mind; by Wray Herbert; 2 Page(s)
I live in a town with hundreds of restaurants
serving many of the world¿s cuisines:
sushi bars, pizza parlors, pho, tapas,
KFC, you name it. My family eats out a
fair amount, and we appreciate these
tastes, so we could conceivably explore a
different menu every outing. But we don¿t.
Some years ago we discovered a neighborhood
café that we all really like, and that¿s
pretty much where we go. It is our place.
I know that other people are different.
We¿re basically opting for certainty and
predictability, whereas others prefer exploration and change. But why do people
differ on this trait? What motivates some
to constantly seek out the next best thing,
the greener grass, and others to stick with
what is known and safe? How do we
know there¿s not a new and better favorite
eatery just around the corner? Are we
trading off curiosity and novelty for the
luxury of not having to make a decision?