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(Cracked)   Here are five reasons that humanity wants monsters to be real, because we can never have enough scary things in this world apparently   ( cracked.com) divider line
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2012-10-03 02:29:39 PM  
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It's not fear specifically that gets us high, David. It's simply a symptom of the overlying anxiety that comes with not being in control.

Humans are aggressive pattern-seekers. Our tendency toward pattern recognition and adherence brings us comfort because what we can anticipate, and therefore control, cannot hurt us. The good news is the natural world is pretty well-patterned so being an overly-aggressive pattern-seeker is an evolutionary advantage.

Human anxiety comes from trepidation about the future. We are built to anticipate future events and one of the strongest human fears is uncertainty about what happens next . When things change, it is a common tendency of man to resist these changes. We cannot anticipate the dangers the changes may bring us.

This explains the popularity of gambling: It taps into the underlying thrill of not being able to predict the outcome. Like horror movies and roller coasters, we enjoy indulging our fears on a superficial level.

Monsters, drugs, terrorism, murder, or any other calamity you can think of, are simply specific manifestations that threaten the human desire for control.
2012-10-03 02:06:08 PM  
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Expolaris: Coelacanth: Say that again.

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The proper translation is, "Dead, yet dreaming, Cthulhu waits in his palace in R'lyeh." Link
2012-10-03 01:59:19 PM  
2 votes:

Coelacanth: Say that again.

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2012-10-03 01:50:35 PM  
2 votes:
Want to see some scary shiat?

Go deep water diving - that's God's basement where he puts those things not meant for mortal eyes.

/Ph'nglui Mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn
2012-10-03 02:41:49 PM  
1 vote:
My theory was always that "monsters" can be fought, while most of the things that actually kill us can't be. We all know you just need Beowulf to come along and kill Grendel and you're safe... but no one can stop aging.
2012-10-03 02:11:31 PM  
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gopher321: As long as it stomps some foreign city, so I can be scared but entertained at the same time, that'll do.

/may I suggest Dallas?

Ironic, if you read the article.
2012-10-03 02:09:05 PM  
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