Re: draft abstract Sex, Drugs and Cults

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    > >> I would like to add that every activity that is rewarded can be
    > >> addictive.
    > >> Attention (from cults) is particularly rewarding

    > One of the reasons alternative (quack) medicine is popular is because
    > the practitioners (con-artists) are _attentive_ to the patient (mark).
    > The fact that such treatments (snake-oils) are non-curative, is just
    > another example of memetic behavior being antagonistic to survival.
    > Adherents to quackery are most definitely showing cultish behavior.

    True, but even quackery can be effective to some extent
    in fortifying the `mental backbone' of the patients needed
    to overcome the illness or affliction. Indeed, attention seems to be the
    determinant instead of the practise of
    sound medicine of course.


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