[ExI] Physics versus psychology
thespike at satx.rr.com
Sun Oct 24 23:21:49 UTC 2010
On 10/24/2010 6:02 PM, Keith Henson wrote:
> But hypnosis has me baffled. I can't come up with a reason the
> psychological trait engaged in hypnosis has any survival or
> reproductive advantage at all.
It's a while since I look at the literature, but I gather that hypnosis
is regarded as an instance of attention-capture; the "suggestible" who
respond best probably exempflify strongly what happens to us all during
collective episodes of focused attention on a leader or the mood of
one's group. In a memetic animal like H. sapiens, I think the value of
such a trait is pretty obvious.
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