Debate: Is short term planning in humans due to a short life or due to bias?

bywhpearson10y11th Jul 200915 comments


One of the proposed benefits of life extension is that it will help us long term plan as we will be around in the future, so we will be more likely to care about the long term future of the world if we live longer.

So is this true? Are we rational in this respect or will the mind recoil from thinking in time scales longer than 40-60 years even when we are living hundreds of years, due to biases intrinsic to the mammalian brain.

I don't have time to research this question right now, so I thought I would experiment by throwing out this question to lesswrong and see how people treat it.