And this is just one of many ways human brains get hacked. I have a variety of research directions concerning this – the fact that we can read, and have language at all, is because of hacks. Cultural evolution shaped letters to look like nature, and words to sound like (solid-object) events, thereby hacking (or harnessing) our existing visual and auditory recognition mechanisms for language. (Learn more in my books Vision Revolution, Harnessed, and Human 3.0.)
And I would argue that the fear-of-infection stimuli that occurred in March of 2020 amount to another hack (although not a purposeful hack). The following two Science Moments together explain why.
The death spiral of fear. Moment 61
Why perception of a pandemic is the nuclear bomb of societal destruction. Moment 68