Re: draft abstract Sex, Drugs and Cults

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Date: Sat Feb 16 2002 - 19:28:09 GMT

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    > That religion and cults can be as addictive as drugs I sussed last year
    > after
    > reading chapter 14 of the Meme-Machine. It was Marx who said that
    > `religion is opium for the people'. Last year I posted an hypothesis on
    > list
    > stating that cultural behavior (processing memes) has to be rewarded by
    > brain
    > because it originally chances of survival. Consequently culture actually
    > evolves actually through the grace of our spoiled reward-centers (spoiled
    > because they
    > have to reward biological activity (sex, feeding, fleeing etc.) as well as
    > cultural).
    > A downside of having such an active reward center is that it makes us
    > prone to develop addictive behavior, be it sex, drugs, alcohol, gambling,
    > eating,
    > not eating (boulimia, anorexia).

    I would like to add that every activity that is rewarded can be addictive.
    Attention (from cults) is particularly rewarding as it reinforces the social
    as you say. Therefore attention is particularly addictive.

    My professor has won the nobel prize for inventing the
    bubble-chamber. Although he tries to hide it, you can notice that he is used
    receiving a lot of attention. He is way past retirement age (75+) but is
    still very active as a professor. Any obvious explanations at hand?


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