too much


Did you know you can have too much of a good thing? That less is more? Of course, you do! We’ve all grown up hearing that bit of advice. When you have too much of something, it is almost always bad. Case in point: Arsenic, a naturally occurring chemical. It is commonly found in drinking water. In small amounts, it’s harmless. In excessive amounts, it’s deadly. This is true for almost everything with which we come in contact. Also, there is nothing good in this life that doesn’t come without a cost. And because there are fixed costs, there are also fixed limits to how much of it we can have. One example is friendship. One might think that one can never have too many friends. But as it happens, one can. Have you heard of Robin Dunbar? He’s the director of the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology at…

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