Foreword

In biological terms it’s simple enough: we consume to live. Without sustenance all creatures wither and die. Thus, at the core of consumptive desire is the need for nourishment. Because humans evolved under conditions of privation and danger, the drive to satisfy hunger is a primary passion, a force...

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Published in: The Interdisciplinary Science of Consumption p. vii
Main Author: Peter C. Whybrow
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: The MIT Press 08-08-2014
Subjects:
Law
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Summary: In biological terms it’s simple enough: we consume to live. Without sustenance all creatures wither and die. Thus, at the core of consumptive desire is the need for nourishment. Because humans evolved under conditions of privation and danger, the drive to satisfy hunger is a primary passion, a force comparable to seeking sex and security and one powerfully rewarded. Millennia ago, when finding a fruit tree was a rare delight and dinner had a habit of running away, such brain systems of immediate reward were a survival adaptation, strengthening resolve and enhancing success in the hunt. But now that we
ISBN: 0262027674
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