If it weren’t for lazy people…
If it weren’t for lazy people no one would ever have invented the wheel.
The key assumption in this article that I find fault with, is the idea that being active for the sake of being active is some kind of beneficial trait. From an evolutionary point of view does it make sense for people to have a compulsion to waste energy just for the sake of it?
There was another study I read a few years ago (I can’t find it, I will keep looking) that found that some people tend to move very efficiently, they tend to expend the minimal amount of energy necessary in their movements. Whereas others tend to twitch and include extra body movements where none are necessary.
It seems to me that EXTRA movement is a bad thing. Being compelled to waste energy by twitching or running would hardly be helpful during a famine. It also does not encourage an individual to seek other solutions.
For instance someone with endless energy to carry jars to and from the well would never bother to invent plumbing. A person who cleans for fun and enjoys the activity would never invent a Roomba (obviously as important as plumbing in society’s evolution!). And obviously if we had never had an ancestor lazy enough to not want to walk/constantly carry things, no one would ever have invented the wheel.
I think the assumption that expending energy for expending energy’s sake is good is fallacious. We are simply assuming that high levels of activity for no reason are a good thing. I argue that they are not. It is inefficient to expend energy simply for the sake of doing so. While physical conditioning is a clear benefit of unnecessary exercise, does this physical conditioning actually play out to better survival traits?
A more interesting test would be to see how these mice of different activity levels preformed in survival tests. The key question is does being inherently active have a benefit beyond enjoying the act of physical conditioning? Do the highly active mice do a better job of fleeing predators or aquiring food? Or do the lazy mice act more efficiently and use ingenuity to avoid blind flight and to conserve their energy when seeking sustenance?
My hypothesis, they preform at about the same level in survival tests.