Re: Spoiled reward-pathway hypothesis II (learning-machines)

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    That's a nice twist on things - I like the idea that a brain designed to
    be challenged with diverse input has some spare capacity that will be
    utilised by something, and is therefore easily filled with a 'junk meme'
    or whatever you want to call it. This is a bit like something I saw a
    while ago about depressed zoo animals raising their own seratonin
    through repetitive physical acts (it was heartbreaking actually, but
    interesting too).

    Also, I find personally that many of my (minor all the way up to
    compulsive) habits and psychological addictions (such as the act of
    smoking even when I'm chock full of nicotine) disappear when I'm busy...

     Chris Taylor ( »people»chris

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