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Discussion: Addiction

Subject: Addiction

By: andrew o.

Written on: Monday May 07, 2012

Message: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/20 12/05/07/151936266/wired-to-run-runners-high-may-h ave-been-evolutionary-advantage

Subject: RE: Addiction

By: Sasha C.

Written on: Monday May 07, 2012

Message: I love this sort of How-the-Elephant-Got-His-Trunk Just So Story. I love books about evolution and love the parlor game of imagining why we have certain characteristics. This one strikes me as unusually far-fetched, but it's entertaining nonetheless.
The most fun part is how everyone's JSS sets up as a valorization of their attitudes about modern life. I used to give tennis lessons to James Watson (the DNA guy). He would go on and on with a theory that women were attracted to bald men evolutionarily for the high testosterone baldness indicated. I finally had to direct him to the pop song on the subject ( I think it was the Roches.) He was bald, unattractive and not terribly charming, but convinced that his Nobel prize ought to be getting him groupies. He was famous for saying on several occasions that women and darker skinned people were probably not as intelligent. I remember a few years ago he made this remark again and the hilarity this provoked at my school in Kenya. At that school the stereotype was that the Africans won the prizes in English, History and Languages, the Indians got them in Maths and Sciences, and the white kids won prizes for home economics and sports. (This was of course a joke, but with a smidgen of truth.)
Here we have another running enthusiast arguing that his passion (and the PSYCHOLOGICAL BENEFITS!!!) are the source of all that is human. Cute, nice to think about, and only a hair more credible than the Parsee rubbing cake crumbs into the Rhinoceros's skin. (Them that takes cakes that the Parsee man bakes, makes dreadful mistakes!) I do believe it's possible that early humans adapted to run down game on the savannah, but runner's high as a selective trait? Come on!

Cheers, Sasha

Subject: RE: Addiction

By: Sasha C.

Written on: Monday May 07, 2012

Message: 200,000 B.C. The girls have been collecting seeds and roots all day. They're bored and fed up, but look, here come the boys back from the antelope hunt! Breurrg walks in slumped and exhausted, grabs a handful of roots and sacks out in front of the cave paintings. Uglub is about the same. But here comes Mugug. Far from exhausted, he looks revved up, rosy cheeked and positively humming with energy and sex appeal. All the girls crowd around him, but how can he choose? Finally he says, "I'll tell you what, ladies. After a long run I'm filled with a mysterious force- if you'll be patient I think I can accomodate all of you." The next year five little ones are born who, strangely, all resemble Mugug. And not only that- as they grow they love to run! By 180,000 B.C. east Africa is populated by a race of fanatic runners, chasing down antelope and zebra even if they're not hungry.

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