RE: Knowledge, Memes and Sensory Perception

From: Francesca S. Alcorn (
Date: Tue Jan 15 2002 - 07:32:40 GMT

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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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