Best Quotes from Keith Henson

By | April 19, 2017

Could people be trained to be less gullible? Or are you as stuck with gullibility as you are with skin colour?

Keith Henson

Even small cults are a serious cost on the world economy, to victims, their families, employers, friends, and credit-card companies.

Keith Henson

Successful cult memes induce intense social interaction behaviour between cult members. This trips the attention detectors.

Keith Henson

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.

Keith Henson

People can undergo a sudden change of thinking and loyalties under threat of death or intense social pressure and isolation from friends and family.

Keith Henson

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.

Keith Henson

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.

Keith Henson

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.

Keith Henson

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.

Keith Henson

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.

Keith Henson

I can’t think of anyone who is up on evolutionary psychology and related areas who is deluded enough to be called a utopian.

Keith Henson

If anyone wonders why the airlines are not doing well it is because flying has been made such an unpleasant and degrading experience.

Keith Henson

Cults, or related social movements such as the Taliban in Afghanistan, result in massive military expenses.

Keith Henson

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.

Keith Henson

Children do not have to learn that streets are dangerous places by potentially fatal trial and error.

Keith Henson

Evolution acts slowly. Our psychological characteristics today are those that promoted reproductive success in the ancestral environment.

Keith Henson

I much prefer the modern world.

Keith Henson

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.

Keith Henson

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.

Keith Henson

High status males had multiple wives or additional mating opportunities in the ancestral environment.

Keith Henson

Brigham Young had 47 children, and over 50 women as wives.

Keith Henson

Humans have evolved to be exquisitely sensitive to changes in status.

Keith Henson

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.

Keith Henson

Action leads to Attention. that in the short-term releases Rewarding brain chemicals and in the long term improves reproductive success.

Keith Henson

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.

Keith Henson

The drug or cult has major if not exclusive sources of brain rewards.

Keith Henson

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.

Keith Henson

Lie detection is like language; there is a learning window. Telling whoppers to small children seems to be a family tradition in many families.

Keith Henson

Primates will continue to play social games without the least insight into what is killing them.

Keith Henson

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