Originally posted by ErroneousDylan
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As a scientist who studies thought and information, I'd say the geneticist is comparing peanuts to fractal geometries (or any other two incompatible objects.)
It's quite one thing to have a beautiful memory and elegant thoughts in a simple society that lives in relative isolation. It's quite another to deal with these same issues in a very complex society, connected to the entire world and fed a virtual firehose of information each day. In addition to "thinking beautiful thoughts", we also have to negotiate hundreds and thousands of messages, deal with larger social circles than your average Athenian, and we read more information (good/bad/opinion/false/true) and have to evaluate and truth seek or path-seek to a goal.
The average ancient Greek would have to have a good lie-down and a lot of jars of wine to begin to try and deal with the chaos that we deal with.
We see this when people from tribal areas come into our society -- it's overwhelming, it's confusing, and they deal very poorly with the multiplicity of choices.