RE: The Pause that Refreshes

From: Robin Hanson (
Date: Tue Jun 06 2000 - 07:43:31 MDT

Bonnie wrote:
>Surely the discovery of a new pleasure is no less delightful when it comes
>due to a change in perspective than when it happens for any other reason.
>Studies in evolutionary psychology and so forth are interesting, but I can't
>see that such theories justify the statement, "This sounds an awful lot like
>you are just changing as you get older."
>I first discovered the joys of gardening when I was 10 years old ...

I wasn't talking about gardening per se, but rather about Greg's
recent discovery

>that consciously cultivating behavior aimed at a SLOWER pace has
>substantial benefits in many aspects of my life.

I suspect that such a slower pace would not have felt as beneficial
to him when he was a few decades younger, because evolution has made
younger folks naturally more impatient.

Robin Hanson
Asst. Prof. Economics, George Mason University
MSN 1D3, Carow Hall, Fairfax VA 22030
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