The second process–thinking-is an evolutionarily newer ability, rooted in language and not closely related to motivation. In other words, thinking is the rider, affect is the elephant.
- Michael Haidt
Affect reactions can reduce your options thereby limiting your choices or shutting down the ability to reason across a broad spectrum. This would sever to protect you in dangerous circumstances, however you would need to overcome this when trying to fly fighter jets or ride bulls.
How fast could genetic switches be activated under repeated bouts of training for dangerous jobs or sports to take advantage of the speed of affect reactions? Is this what happens when no one has to “think” while performing?
How fast can these same switches be activated before it’s time to head to the polls? When was the last time you asked yourself: “who wants me to believe in this idea, and for what purpose?”