On this week’s Pondercast, Laurie Brown examines the idea that North Americans are constantly asked to choose. Everywhere we go we are asked to register our preference, to make a choice out of an embarrassing number of options available to us. What kind of phone to buy? Cable plan? Have you seen the toothbrush aisle at the drugstore?
We humans love to choose! It triggers something primordial in us: our natural selection DNA. We can’t help it - every time we choose anything, we are following our survival programming.
You could make the case that our consumer society exists because of natural selection. The amount of choice on offer today has grown exponentially over the last 30 years...to the point we all know what ‘choice overload’ feels like.
So for Episode 31 : Unnatural Selection, we ponder what if we subvert our DNA, and change the plot? Maybe it’s time we teach ourselves to feel satisfied instead.
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Recently, Killbeat Music partnered with the team at Pondercast to bring you Ponderbeat, a series of special episodes featuring selections curated by Brown from some of Killbeat’s latest releases. The second episode of Ponderbeat is live now, featuring music from Dan Mangan, Great Lake Swimmers, Begonia, Kaia Kater, and more.