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The Ancient World and the Murderer's Eyes

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Modern psychology generally focuses on our lives as they are now, on what we think and feel in our everyday world. Yet there is an older source of our minds and mentality, one rooted in our ancestors’ world for millions of years.

Ever since the time, seventy million years ago and more, when our squirrel-sized ancestors fled their cunning dinosaur predator Troodon, the evolution of human psychology has emphasized one critical dictum: stay alive.

The ancient origin of our modern minds is not a new concept. Decades ago, Professor Gordon Orians showed that modern human beings, looking at paintings of people and trees in the context of a sunset, preferred to have the people and the trees grouped closely together.

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