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I think part of the answer must lie in the fact that people have many
values, and that sometimes meeting these values demands behaviors that may
contradict other values. A smoker, for example, may smoke in order the
relax, though knowing it harms their health. The value of relaxing conflicts
with the value of remaining healthy.
Our values aren't all equally important; we in effect have hierarchies of
values. Values ranked higher will tend to command more of one's behaviors
than those ranked lower, and can thus 'force' the adoption of damaging
behaviors in the pursuit of higher held values.
How does this mesh with your own thinking?
> Now *why* people can be infected with memes that do them and
> their genes a
> great deal of damage, *that* an interesting topic. It happens to
> be one I
> spent a good number of years trying to understand.
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