Jeremy Sherman

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In the “no focus” area, incremental changes in circumstances make for incremental changes in your feelings about your circumstances. But once your situation catches your attention, changes in your circumstances have an exaggerated effect on your mood. In light of the Focus Illusion, how then should we live?
We assume that team players aren’t selfish—as the saying goes, there’s no “I” in team. But actually, there’s plenty of “I” in team. We can be intensely selfish on behalf of our team.
The core insight behind science goes something like this: To get what you want, set aside what you want long enough to see what is.
We want to pay attention to what’s relevant and not what’s irrelevant. Irrelevant big-picture factors can distract us from paying attention to crucial details. But lost in the details, we can miss something crucial about the big picture.

Jeremy Sherman is an evolutionary epistemologist. For 17 years, he has been a close colleague of anthropologist Terrence Deacon collaborating to develop a general theory of evolution, a chemistry-to-consciousness, matter-to-mattering bridge from the physical to the life sciences. He is a professor of English, psychology, sociology, philosophy and history, and business strategy currently teaching at the University of San Francisco.

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