Nick Nielsen

Mar 9, 2019

5 min read

The Predated Mind

Traumatic Origins of Human Thought

Humanity in its formative stages was not the apex predator of the ecosystem, but only by slow effort clambered up the trophic pyramid by clambering down from the trees, making the transition from a fruit-eating, arboreal primate to being a bipedal scavenger, to being a scavenger that is, at the same time a hunter, to being the unequaled hunter no longer the prey (except in an unusual moment of opportunity) of any other animal, but always with the ancestral memory of being prey still percolating in human evolutionary psychology.