RE: Knowledge, Memes and Sensory Perception

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Date: Tue Jan 15 2002 - 04:39:55 GMT

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    Greetings, Keith,

    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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