It has occurred to me for a while now that people tend to drift over time from less to more positive stimulation. We used to eat food off the ground which we gathered, guided by our tastes. Then, we started to manipulate those taste sensations by manipulating the food we put in our mouths. Now, with the chemistry of cooking, we balance individual flavors like salty, sweet, and umami, in order to create pleasing psychological sensations: positive stimulations.
Our entertainment has evolved over time. We began with spoken stories, passed through word of mouth, to books which allowed for the convenience of being spatially and temporally removed from the story teller.… Read the rest