I'm watching the soccer, and I notice that , when there's a near miss, my reaction is (amongst other things) to shut my eyes.
Usually accompanied by a gasp then a sigh.
This sometimes means I miss a bit of the action, and I wondered - is it just me (I don't think so) and if not, what possible evolutionary advantage cold this hold (unless it's learned behavior, I suppose)
what possible evolutionary advantage cold this hold
Why would it need an evolutionary advantage at all? You seem to have it the wrong way round, there would need to have been an evolutionary disadvantage for it to have been removed - but again that is a huge oversimplification of evolution.
Now, I admit that, faced with something startling, closing one's eyes may well have not been a good idea if the thing doing the startling is a sabre-toothed tiger
Well, quite. I do feel it must be a disadvantage when, on seeing your mate nearly taken by a sabretooth, you shut your eyes .
While it doesn't have to have been an evolutionary advantage, the fact is that , assuming it isn't learned behavior, it must have evolved (unless it's just me) so (to really oversimplify) offspring who kept their eyes open whensurprised have failed in the long run to reproduce.
Maybe it confus the predator who use doge eyes to target vulnerabilities
I think part of it is simply trying to shut out the world ... if you can't see that your team just missed from 5 yards, then maybe it didn't really happen. But you raise an interesting question. I wonder if it is to allow us to process what just happened in detail without being distracted by the aftermath.
I assume the fact that Emile Heskey has just joined your league is not a coincidence.
I'm an England supporter so when I watch the football there is a lot of swearing at the TV, so much in fact that the kids actually get scared when I watch it and the missus had to take the kids upstairs during the Euros this year.