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.
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.
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.
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.
Children do not have to learn that streets are dangerous places by potentially fatal trial and error.
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.
Even small cults are a serious cost on the world economy, to victims, their families, employers, friends, and credit-card companies.
Evolution acts slowly. Our psychological characteristics today are those that promoted reproductive success in the ancestral environmen.
Scn is like HIV. Gets in there and screws up the immune system, perverts the law to its own ends. Forget government taking the lead role in bringing down scn, that task falls to you and me.
If anyone wonders why the airlines are not doing well it is because flying has been made such an unpleasant and degrading experience.
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.
Lie detection is like language; there is a learning window. Telling whoppers to small children seems to be a family tradition in many families.
Trying to control information in the network age is about as successful as pissing into the wind.
Could people be trained to be less gullible? Or are you as stuck with gullibility as you are with skin colour?
Successful cult memes induce intense social interaction behaviour between cult members. This trips the attention detectors.
People can undergo a sudden change of thinking and loyalties under threat of death or intense social pressure and isolation from friends and family.
High status males had multiple wives or additional mating opportunities in the ancestral environment.
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.
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.
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.
Action leads to Attention. that in the short-term releases Rewarding brain chemicals and in the long term improves reproductive success.
Cults, or related social movements such as the Taliban in Afghanistan, result in massive military expenses.
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.
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.
Primates will continue to play social games without the least insight into what is killing them.
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