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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
> > >evolves actually through the grace of our spoiled reward-centers
> > >because they
> > >have to reward biological activity (sex, feeding, fleeing etc.) as well
> > >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).
> > Here's an article linking social status, dopamine and drug addiction.
> > It implies (at least to me) that the best way to prevent addiction
> > (of any form) may be social in nature.
> > http://www.sciencenews.org/20020126/fob5.asp
Interesting article... thanks Frankie.
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