Fw: draft abstract Sex, Drugs and Cults

From: Kenneth Van Oost (Kenneth.Van.Oost@village.uunet.be)
Date: Sun Feb 17 2002 - 19:33:24 GMT

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    > ----- Original Message -----
    > From: Philip Jonkers <philipjonkers@prodigy.net>
    > > > That religion and cults can be as addictive as drugs I sussed last
    > > > 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
    > > this list stating that cultural behavior (processing memes) has to be
    > rewarded by the 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
    > > Attention (from cults) is particularly rewarding as it reinforces the
    > social
    > > status as you say. Therefore attention is particularly addictive.
    > Hi Philip,
    > I don 't know, this sounds somewhat strange to me.
    > I got a lot attention in doing my work from my boss(es) and colleagues
    > and that due that I get the work done in a reasonable time ( others don 't
    > like the stress and don 't like working together with allochtones) but the
    > only reward I get is my money on the end of the month.
    > It satisfies me of course, I like what I do, but I ain 't get any
    > biological/
    > natural or sexual reward out it.
    > I don 't see that the surrounding culture is evolving through the grace of
    > my than spoiled- reward centers...
    > I work together with a lot of young woman, and I suppose some would
    > have a crush on me ( I don 't know), I fool around ( not in the sexual
    > sense of the word), I tease and I play, but I never thought of this being
    > a biological/ sexual benefit... there is no reward... there is, I get the
    > work
    > easily done in such a way, but IMO there is no addiction, no development
    > of any addictive behavior either. I am like I am and in being so I get
    > done where others fail, but this is not paticularly addictive, not to me
    > anyway. I don 't feel that my social status is being reinforced, I earn
    > enough money to live a good life, but I don 't show it....
    > There is of course some economical pressure, efficiency and production
    > rates has to be attent to, most of the time I get them, but there also,
    > there
    > is no sexual/ biological/ natural benifit...
    > Maybe I am just stupid....financial rewards can be quite addictive I
    > but to some extend there is a limit, no boss will pay you so mush that he
    > will be broke at the end of the month....
    > Regards,
    > Kenneth

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