One of the most innovative neuroscientists at work today investigates the neural basis of our bias towards optimism.
The belief that things will be better in the future is called optimism bias being overly optimistic can lead you to miss an important health check up or make bad financial decisions. We like to think of ourselves as rational creatures we watch our backs, weigh the odds, pack an umbrella but both neuroscience and social science suggest that we are more optimistic than realistic on average, we expect things to turn out better than they wind up being people hugely underestimate their. It made me ponder on the possibility of this optimism bias being related to the intrinsic characteristic of life forms of passing their genetic poll on to the next nature that evolved the human brain to where it is now) evolved for millenia before the awakening of human consciousness some several thousand years ago,.
Neurologist tali sharot tells carole cadwalladr how she discovered the optimism bias, and how it helps to keep people feeling happier.
By nature, we're optimistic we think we're better than most people at virtually everything we do we believe we'll beat the odds of getting cancer even when we smoke a pack of cigarettes a week this is the result of our optimism bias, and it both helps us succeed and make some of the dumbest decisions.