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‘We found that it is really the group size, not the total population size, which matters in the evolution of risk aversion,’ said co-author Arend Hintze.No One Way Of Doing Things However, not everyone develops the same level of aversion to risk.That means settling for someone who is here right now and available but maybe not “the Alpha of the clan man” rather than wait and risk missing out on reproducing altogether.Using a computation model tracing thousands of generations the boffins concluded the human race has survived and thrived because of this “risk averse” behaviour, saying that in small communities it was best for people to settle early.
Now a single Mum in her 40s, via a sperm donor, she has published Marry Him: The Case For Settling for Mr Good Enougharguing that women in this generation have built a fantasy around the idea of marriage that doesn’t live up to real life.
Smaller Communities Make People Risk Averse The study reported the team tested a number of variables that influence risk-taking behaviour and found that certain conditions influence our decision-making process.
The decision must be a rare, once-in-a-lifetime event and also have a high payoff for the individual’s future – such as the odds of producing children.
How risk averse people are, is linked to the size of the group in which they are raised.
If raised in a small group – fewer than 150 people – people tend to be much more risk averse than those who were part of a larger community.