There’s a difference between watching a movie on your phone and going to a theatre. There’s just something about going out to watch a movie in person that trumps watching it at home. Despite the overpriced foods, watching a movie in person just feels, right. Physicist, Michio Kaku, described this sort of behavior as the Cave Man Principle. In summary, The Cave Man principle says that there is little to no difference in our wants, personalities, goals, and overall physical appearance from that of a cave man. The only difference would be our environment. We still both want to pursue knowledge, reproduce, eat, and we both want physical proof of something.
In the eyes of a caveman, he lives to survive to have offspring. In our society, that aspect of survival is still in our heads, but however not as prevalent due to our safer environment. The of our brain responsible for these survival instincts would be the amygdala. Have you ever jumped in a horror movie when the monster jumped out, that’s all thanks to the amygdala’s fight or flight response. The job of this part of the brain is to keep us alive. It floods our bodies with adrenaline, which kinds of turns us into superhumans. Of course, it was created with the survivalist lifestyle of a caveman in mind, however, its still up and active in our brains today.
There aren’t just physical similarities, there are mental ones too. Cavemen are extremely social, in fact, they can exchange complex communication. We still hold that trait, in fact, I’m communicating with you right now. We and cavemen also share the yearning for knowledge, reproduction, and happiness.
The Cave Man Principle describes the likeness of us and our cave man counterparts. Although there may be a large gap of time, our bodies haven’t really changed, same with our motives. So the next time you think a caveman, remember that you have more n common with him than you think.