Why something that seems logical in daytime scares us and looks like the worst thing at night?


I don’t know if this question has a logical explanation or belongs here but i’d like to have an answer.

In: Biology

As a survival adaptation, our brains tend to make normal things look scary if we don’t immediately recognize them because we are evolutionarily weaker at night than a lot of other creatures. Being scared quickly gives us an edge because we can be ready to fight or run, more quickly.

I forgot what it’s called, but nearly all humans have an internal device that identifies faces. That’s why when you look at some inanimate objects you can derive something similar to a face, clouds for example. As humans we are also preprogrammed to have more caution at night and have our guard up. As we have the function to see faces, we also have a function to see predators, especially at night.

The reason a logical item in day looks scarry at night is a primal defence mechanism from thousands of years ago which we all still retain.

In layman’s terms, at day time you can clearly see what you’re looking at so you process that information quickly and know immediately that there’s nothing to be scared of.

At night when we can’t see, if we see a silhouette of something, whatever it may be, say a pile of clothes you forgot about, you don’t immediately recognize it as that pile of clothes, it just looks like a figure of something or someone. That scares the crap outta you because your brain processes it as something that shouldn’t be there.