Genes connected with promoting behaviors increases the odds of its survival. The most significant implication of this insight is the evolution concerning the battle between genes which uses the person as a temporary vehicle. This explains that the Homo sapiens genetic constitution doesn’t only come from reproductive success. Rather, it is related to the success of a person’s offspring to reproduce. Hunters who weren’t able to form social connections nor feel the compulsion to share their food with others were less likely to procreate again. However, because of the long period of abject dependency, their children could’ve had a lesser chance to survive and procreate. This resulted in the selection pressure of the development of information processing. It is closely related to the formation and maintenance of social interactions. Some examples of this are attachment, communication and empathy.
The gene is the one who is obligatory selfish and not the brain. People make emergent organizations which are beyond their own. This is in the form of structures such as civilizations, families and international alliances. They have evolved because of the combination of neural, hormonal and genetic mechanisms. These factors support them because social behaviors were responsible for helping humans reproduce, care for their children and survive long enough to reproduce. The key evolutionary developments and increased connectivity is found within the cerebral cortex, specifically in the temporal and frontal regions. The cerebral cortex is composed of 2.6 to 16 billion neurons, each receiving 10,000 to 100,000 synapses. When the brain’s frontal regions expands, certain human abilities begin such as planning, reasoning and mental simulations. On the other hand, the temporal region is connected with memory, communication and social perception. It was prior to neocortical expansion when the means for guiding behavior through the environment emerged.
Across human history, there is clear evidence which provides support regarding the supposition that we are born as social beings. In contemporary times, the average person is estimated to spend approximately 80% of his day being in the company of other people. Most of it is spent talking with people close to them. Danny Kahneman and his colleagues conducted a more detailed assessment regarding the matter. They used the day reconstruction method to find out how people usually spend their time. It also focused on how people experience life events on a daily basis. The results revealed that people spend only 3.4 hours alone which is 20% of their entire day. On average, the time spent communicating with family and friends were more inherently rewarding. The respondents explained that socializing and nurturing intimate relationships were their most enjoyable activity. These were activities related to promoting high quality relationships and bonding. On the other hand, commuting and working were their least enjoyable activities. These results are in sync with survey data. Kahneman and his colleagues asked the participants what they thought was necessary to achieve happiness. Majority of the respondents answered their relationships with their family and friends as the most important, even though most people don’t always act like it. It is very easy to forget about the most obvious and evident reason to achieve happiness.