Entrepreneurs Are PredatorsPredators are smarter than prey. Hare-brained is an insult; sharp as a fox is a compliment.
I have an evolutionary theory to explain this (full disclosure: except for reading voraciously on the subject, I am totally unqualified to have evolutionary theories).
A leopard chasing an impala can make a mistake, lose the quarry, learn from the mistake, and hunt more wisely on another day. If the impala makes a mistake, it becomes the leopard’s lunch.
Predators fail often;
Prey fail only once.
So it would be a waste of energy for prey to have a large analytical brain or to divert any resources into learning while running away. Better just to have long legs, good ears, and a healthy paranoia.
Thinking could be fatal.
It also doesn’t take a lot of smarts to eat grass.
On the other hand:
Predators learn terrain;
they can learn the habits of prey they’v…