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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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