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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
The trait of sensation seeking is thought by many to be genetic.
Robert Cloninger and Marvin Zuckerman are two names you can look up
if you are interested in reading more about thrill-seeking. I just
got this out of "Living with Our Genes" by Hamer and Copeland. It
also goes into the advantages of thrill-seeking - which would get
into the whole "why this behavior confers an evolutionary advantage"
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