Monday, July 11, 2005

Wishes and Fishes

I once heard that some survey had asked a bunch of people:

If you could have one superpower, either the ability to read minds or the ability to fly, which would you choose?
Now the interesting part for me was that younger people mostly chose mind reading, while older ones strongly preferred flying. I think I understand this pretty well. There is probably some good evolutionary region why young people care about what others think. Us oldsters, on the other hand, feel we pretty much know what other people are thinking, and it's just not that interesting. Gravity, on the other hand, is getting to be a bigger and bigger nuisance.