Blog: Living in Captivity

We modern humans don’t live in our “environmental niche” – the environment in which human beings evolved and for which we are optimized. Many things about the world we have created are non-optimal for our hunter-gatherer minds. Don’t get me wrong, I love my modern conveniences, and I am in no way suggesting that we should abandon it all and return to the savannah. Far from it – modernity, or at least many aspects of it, is here to stay. But let’s not be naïve – certain aspects of modern life are clearly hurting us, if not outright killing us, and an “enriched” captive life is still a life lived in captivity.

So, is there a way to understand the pain and suffering of “civilization” through the lens of captivity? How can we live a modern life informed by the subtleties and comforts of our evolutionary niche? How can we break free from the bars of captivity?

This blog is an attempt to answer these, and other questions, in addition to posing many, many more.


The Six Magic B’s: Inexpensive Things to Do with Siblings Ages 0-5

It can be very difficult for children under the age of 5 and of disparate ages to find ways to play with each other in the way that each one would prefer most. I’ve worked out six wonderful activities that my disparate-aged children enjoy doing together for more than 37 seconds at a time. Let me know how they work for your family!

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