RE: Knowledge, Memes and Sensory Perception

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    I don't know if it's genetic or memetic, but people do a lot of destructive
    things to themselves in order to show they can take more punishment or more
    risk than their peers. Look at boxing, football, skiing, bull riding, bull
    fighting, sky diving, etc., etc. Drinking and smoking are realatively slow
    and pleasant ways of self destruction.


    >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
    >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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