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  •  That's the instinct-driven population. (4+ / 0-)

    I'm not sure that people whose behavior is directed by their emotions actually possess a soul.  It seems telling that the seven deadly sins

    pride
    sloth
    envy
    greed
    wrath
    lust
    gluttony

    seem to survive the deterioration of cognitive functions in the aging.  This suggests they are located in the brain stem, the ancient brain, and require mediation by the conscious brain to maintain control.
    Also telling is that deception, a conscious falsification of reality, is not on the list.  Of course, that raises the question whether the behaviors, albeit base, can be defined as sins.

    How do you tell a predator from a protector? The predator will eat you sooner rather than later.

    by hannah on Wed Mar 11, 2009 at 04:48:12 AM PDT

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