Re: Dennett article on post-modernism

From: Grant Callaghan (
Date: Sun 16 Mar 2003 - 22:01:36 GMT

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    Keith Henson

    "PS. It seems very likely that advancing neuroscience will figure out the chemical basis of capture-bonding, that is the mechanisms for complete social reorientation to a new group in a few days. At that point, a person could be subjected to drug/hormone treatments that bonded them to a new group with a different meme driven goals and returned to the society they lived in before it was known they had been captured and turned this way. I.e., the age of chemical mind control may be at hand. (Shades of Heinlein's _The Puppet Masters_!) "

    There is a long history of men going out and capturing women and bringing them back to the tribe as wives. The middle East is rife with such stories and I have read about it in Tokugawa Japan and some parts of China. The movie "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" was partly based on such a premise. The idea for that certainly didn't come from modern literary tradition. The American Indians also did such things. I don't know exactly how far back in human history the idea goes, but the stories seem to be a worldwide phenomena.


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