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Action leads to Attention. that in the short-term releases Rewarding brain chemicals and in the long term improves reproductive success.
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Anyone who has ever had the feeling of being higher than a kite after giving a public speech is well aware of the effects of attention.
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As for leadership, I am the kind who leads reluctantly and more by example than anything else. Someone had to be on the incorporation papers as president.
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Attention is the way social primates measure status. It is highly rewarding because it causes the release of brain chemicals such as dopamine and endorphins.
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Brigham Young had 47 children, and over 50 women as wives.
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Children do not have to learn that streets are dangerous places by potentially fatal trial and error.
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Colonizing space will become something an individual or a small group can do, provided we maintain the desire to do so.
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Could people be trained to be less gullible? Or are you as stuck with gullibility as you are with skin colour?
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Cult recruiting methods based on dosing victims with the brain chemicals released during capture bonding would make cults even more of a problem than they are now.
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Cults cause by illness due to improper medical, psychiatric and psychological treatment, hospitalization, lawsuits, bankruptcies, and dump old people on the welfare system.
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Cults, or related social movements such as the Taliban in Afghanistan, result in massive military expenses.
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Even small cults are a serious cost on the world economy, to victims, their families, employers, friends, and credit-card companies.
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Evolution acts slowly. Our psychological characteristics today are those that promoted reproductive success in the ancestral environmen.
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Fighting hard to protect yourself and your relatives is good for your genes, but when captured and escape is not possible, giving up short of dying and making the best you can of the new situation is also good for your genes.
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Genetic studies in Iceland have found that many of the women who were the founding stock of Iceland came from England and what is now France. Some were probably captured and carried off in Viking raids only 40 generations ago.
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Given all the grief Nazism, Communism, splinters off Islam and Christianity have caused, the study of why we are susceptible to memes should be a major topic of research.
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High status males had multiple wives or additional mating opportunities in the ancestral environment.
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Humans evolved in tribes and our reward circuits are still set up to reward behaviors that aided reproductive success in tribes. Cults tap into this reward mechanism, but so does every other rewarding activity from local sports clubs to the Nobel Prize.
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Humans have evolved to be exquisitely sensitive to changes in status.
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I can't think of anyone who is up on evolutionary psychology and related areas who is deluded enough to be called a utopian.
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I much prefer the modern world.
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I suspect that a substantial fraction of human problems in the world today, not just cults, result from the mismatch between the current environment and the environment in which we evolved.
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I suspect that when people actually move off the planet they will do it with the awesome powers of nanotechnology.
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If a group stays around long enough, it tends to lose its cult aspects. Religious cults tend toward mainstream religions.
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If anyone wonders why the airlines are not doing well it is because flying has been made such an unpleasant and degrading experience.
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In late 1996 I wrote the first article tying cults and drugs together with the reward mechanism that underlies both of them. The reward mechanism has roots deep in our evolutionary past.
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Inducing people to spend effort in spreading a meme, as well as successfully spreading itself in competition with innumerable other memes, is the definition of a successful meme.
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Lie detection is like language; there is a learning window. Telling whoppers to small children seems to be a family tradition in many families.
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Memes lose their intense hold on people with the passage of time, especially when the promise of the meme is at great variance with reality.
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Memes that manifest as cults hijack this brain reward system by inducing high levels of attention behaviour between cult members.
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Most of the suicide hijackers came from Saudi Arabia, a place not lacking in wealth. But due to rapid population growth, the wealth per capita has fallen by about half in a generation.
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Nanotechnology will give us vast wealth in terms of control over the environment. It also might completely destroy us at either a physical level or just from giving us so much synthetic enjoyment we never bother going into space.
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Nazism and communism have induced humans to mass suicides, wars, migrations, crusades, and other forms of large-scale social unrest.
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People can undergo a sudden change of thinking and loyalties under threat of death or intense social pressure and isolation from friends and family.
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People may become irresponsible on either cults or drugs, sometimes resulting in severe damage to reproductive potential.
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People repeat behaviour that leads to flooding their brains with pleasurable chemicals. The short-term reward loop acts over hours to years, and the long-term reproductive success loop over generations.
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People under the influence of cults is similar to that we observe in addicts. Typical behaviour for both includes draining bank accounts, neglecting children, destroying relations with family and losing interest in anything except the drug or cult.
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Perhaps teachers should be instructed in a program where they lie to their students on a regular basis to sharpen up their skills at detecting lies.
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Primates will continue to play social games without the least insight into what is killing them.
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Some people recovering from drugs or alcohol stay with the programs indefinitely, making the recovery program their family, a long-term source of attention rewards.
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Successful cult memes induce intense social interaction behaviour between cult members. This trips the attention detectors.
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The discovery of the deep connection between drugs and cults, like many discoveries, started as a set of chance observations.
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The drug or cult has major if not exclusive sources of brain rewards.
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The information that is passed from person to person and from generation to generation is the primary factor that gives humans a competitive advantage over other animals.
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The logic runs this way, if planets with life... are common, then it looks really dire for us, because we don't see any evidence of a tamed universe. Everywhere we look there are massive wastes of energy and matter.
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The nearly extinct Shakers' meme set completely forbids sex.
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The picture that emerges for humans in the previous several million years is that of a social primate living in small bands and villages.
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The rare person is still interested in new advances when they are adults. There is possibly a correlation with intelligence. In any case, you have to be fairly bright to keep learning and changing attitudes as you get older.
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The rewards that compulsive gamblers get are only one step removed from exogenous chemicals, unless you are a big winner.
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There has not been enough time for human genes to adapt to the changes in the environment in the last few thousand years.
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We should be concerned about predator and pathogen memes and the mechanisms that make us vulnerable.
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What economic and psychological conditions does it take to foster the growth of meme based groups fanatic enough to commit murder suicide?
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