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> From: Philip Jonkers <email@example.com>
> > > 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,
> > > 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
> > 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
> 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
> 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,
> 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....
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