I have been fascinated by this question around hominid evolution: what was the First Conscious Decision by our pre-historic ancestors? Can our ancestors (or their cousins) Australopithacus be credited with having made the first decision? A decision they made regarding what to do with leftover food, perhaps? Did they consciously decide on whether the excess food should be consumed, discarded, or saved? J.M.Roberts’ exceptional book – A History of the World – suggests that Australopithacus may have done just that, based on evidence from Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania.
How has treatment of leftover food evolved over millions of years? Here is a speculation that you might find amusing (or off-the-wall) on how decision-making by Americans around food could evolve. In the process, let me coin the term Americanid to describe us, the North American Hominids.
Do you think the future of doggie bags depend on evolution of our decision making? Will we start to order less as time passes?
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