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At 11:39 PM 14/01/02 -0500, you wrote:
>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.
Smoking is chemical rewards. Addictive chemicals.
>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?
Not very well. I am not sure just exactly what a '"value' would represent
to the evolved psychological mechanisms built by genes in an attempt to get
the genes into the next generation.
The mechanisms can misfire in awful ways. A recent example is that the
attention rewarding mechanism can go awry in ways as mad as the dudes in
Heaven's Gate who whacked off their nuts.
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