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Are shopping and gambling the new gathering and hunting?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 19, 2012 at 6:33 PM

I am reading a fascinating book called Zoobiquity right now.

In it (specifically chapter five) the author talks about our brains being wired for reward in the form of feeling good, and how hunting and gathering used to trigger these feelings.

Now a days, the author postulates that shopping takes the place of gathering and thst gambling, or taking risks to amass financial gain, takes the place of hunting and these are two reasons why these two behaviors are so addictive and so pleasurable.

What do you think?

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

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on July 20, 2012
at 01:37 AM

I dunno. I don't have a problem with the idea of paying for something. I would bet even paleolithic people traded (which is really using an item as currency).

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

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on July 20, 2012
at 01:29 AM

@Jason: If you are hungry, it's gotta feel good to get that kill, or find those berries.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

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on July 20, 2012
at 01:28 AM

Yes, that is exactly what the author said.

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on July 19, 2012
at 08:24 PM

There a lot of survival oriented things that are pretty enjoyable, I think positive feedback loops tend to promote the continuation of species.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on July 19, 2012
at 08:15 PM

Yes, and yes!!! I'd throw cooking shows and sporting events in there too.

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on July 19, 2012
at 07:58 PM

I still hunt and gather, HATE shopping, but looooooove gambling. It's definitely an interesting take on modern society!

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on July 19, 2012
at 08:14 PM

Are you familiar with the concept of "toxic mimics?" I think that's what you're really pointing to here and might want to google the concept to learn more. Examples of toxic mimics: fruit shaped candies, internet interactions instead of real tangible community, modern lawns that mimic the African savannah (while edging out native plants, utilizing tons of water, and often sprayed with toxins), soy "meat", and the list goes on and on nowadays.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

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on July 20, 2012
at 01:37 AM

I dunno. I don't have a problem with the idea of paying for something. I would bet even paleolithic people traded (which is really using an item as currency).

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on July 19, 2012
at 06:45 PM

This made me laugh... not sure why.

Not sure about gambling but I can say that shopping does increase my dopamine (which is what the author is essentially talking about). Then again, so does picking the strawberries and raspberries in my yard, which I am going to do now!

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on July 19, 2012
at 08:20 PM

I think hunter/gatherers did so for survival, not enjoyment.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on July 19, 2012
at 08:24 PM

There a lot of survival oriented things that are pretty enjoyable, I think positive feedback loops tend to promote the continuation of species.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

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on July 20, 2012
at 01:28 AM

Yes, that is exactly what the author said.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on July 20, 2012
at 01:29 AM

@Jason: If you are hungry, it's gotta feel good to get that kill, or find those berries.

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