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At 10:02 PM 16/01/02 -0500, <AaronLynch@aol.com>
>In a message dated 1/16/2002 10:19:25 AM Central Standard Time, Keith Henson
> > >Yes, certain vulnerable people will respond very positively to
> > no
> > >matter where it comes from, but this doesn't mean they've lost all
> > >over their own beliefs.
> > I think there are such people. Some of them recently flew airliners into
> > the WTC. I cite Jim Jones' cult, the Heaven'g Gate cult, the Aum Cult,
> > the Solar Temple as just a few such cases. Any time you see people doing
> > seriously counter survival acts or neglecting their children for some
> > cause, their minds have been parasitized.
>I'm sure you have also noted the evolutionary psychology connections of
>beliefs in a sexual paradise for "martyrs." It is as though someone told the
>WTC attackers to go take a flying consummation, and they took it dead
If you want to try to understand what is going on with memeoids in some
attempt to keep it from happening again, realizing that it is an indirect
effect of reproduction (sex drive) is essential. It is not just the 70
some odd virgins they were promised, it is the rewarding brain chemicals
from the attention they got and the anticipation of the fame they would get
after doing the deed.
It would be *most* interesting to see how the genes of the 19 hijackers
fare. My bet is that the additional kids their brothers have as a result
of their fame more than makes up for them being turned to ash.
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