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    Why do we find things disgusting and why are some people more easily disgusted than others?

    It's a strange emotion because so many different things cause disgust, apart from the most obvious things like vomit.


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    Spam again.


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    It is not spam. Retract your comment.

    Answer the question instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TRKV View Post
    so many different things cause disgust, apart from the most obvious things like vomit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TRKV View Post
    Why do we find things disgusting and why are some people more easily disgusted than others?
    Maybe because people are different. For instance your commanding tone in your previous post sort of disgusts me.
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    Of course people are different. That is not an answer to anything, just a facile truism. No doubt that comment will disgust you too. You are obviously quite sensitive to this emotion.
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    Disgust keeps you away from things that you perceive will harm you. It is an incomplete instinct. Meaning the emotion is immediately present but what triggers it is programmed by life experience as you grow and live and learn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TRKV View Post
    Why do we find things disgusting and why are some people more easily disgusted than others?

    It's a strange emotion because so many different things cause disgust, apart from the most obvious things like vomit.
    I don't think it's strange. It keeps us from doing a lot of unhealthful activities. Different things affect people differently probably because of what they are taught to think is disgusting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TRKV View Post
    It is not spam. Retract your comment.

    Answer the question instead.
    Why, you edited your OP and changed what you originally said and now you want me to take back what I said AFTER you changed your statement, nope.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TRKV View Post
    Of course people are different. That is not an answer to anything, just a facile truism. No doubt that comment will disgust you too. You are obviously quite sensitive to this emotion.
    You're right. I just threw up in my mouth. Oh damn! Vomit! I am even more disgusted now! Where will it end??!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmictraveler View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by TRKV View Post
    It is not spam. Retract your comment.

    Answer the question instead.
    Why, you edited your OP and changed what you originally said and now you want me to take back what I said AFTER you changed your statement, nope.
    You know, TRKV, the mods can see your original post as well as all the edits you make. If you attempt to set people up as liars it can and will backfire on you.
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    We can learn disgust. Sometimes this maybe useful, and sometimes, like all learning, it can be based on a mistake.

    When I was younger, I loved to eat scallops. As a scuba diver, I was able to collect them myself for free. Then I had a meal of unfresh scallops, got food poisoning, and now even the smell of scallops disgusts me. If I eat them, I upchuck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skeptic View Post
    When I was younger, I loved to eat scallops. As a scuba diver, I was able to collect them myself for free. Then I had a meal of unfresh scallops, got food poisoning, and now even the smell of scallops disgusts me. If I eat them, I upchuck.
    Creepy- same thing, here. Except the diving to get them part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TRKV View Post
    Why do we find things disgusting and why are some people more easily disgusted than others?

    It's a strange emotion because so many different things cause disgust, apart from the most obvious things like vomit.
    Seems to me aversion responses are the opposite of predilection responses. What chemical reactions bring feelings of disgust, while other chemical reactions bring feelings of euphoria, is a mystery to me.

    I can identify with the evolution of subtleties in detection and emotional responses. Look at the varieties of ice cream, yet Limburger cheese is not properly aged until it has a terrible smell, but also has an oddly delicately flavor.

    Then to think that dog's and cat's olfactory and auditory senses are far superior. I wonder how domesticated animals have been able to adjust to urban life with all it noises, smells, machines, vs the larger quiet of a forest
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    That scallops story is really the basis for most of our disgust for foods. If something makes us sick, we acquire a visceral rejection of that as a food. Even when it was just a 'mistake'.

    When I was a kid we had very productive peach and apricot trees and the neighbour's gigantic apricot tree also overhung the fence. Dad being a frugal type made preserves. In fact, he made so much he also built a floor to ceiling cupboard just to hold the tens of dozens of fruit jars we produced. Being school holidays as well as the traditional lay-off period for building industries, he had us and our friends lined up as a captive production line for processing apricots, peaches, plums and anything else the neighbours turned up with as buckets of surplus from their trees. One year my sister was very taken with the apricots. For every jar she packed she probably ate 2 or 3 pieces of the fruit. Bad idea. When it came time for mum to cook / serve desserts in winter, sister could. not. face. a single mouthful of apricot pie or crumble or even just with custard or icecream or as a cake topping.

    That lasted several years, and she's still not overly fond of them. Make yourself sick with something and you may never eat it again - your brain (or instinct, whatever you want to call it) can make you hate the stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adelady View Post
    That scallops story is really the basis for most of our disgust for foods. If something makes us sick, we acquire a visceral rejection of that as a food. Even when it was just a 'mistake'.

    When I was a kid we had very productive peach and apricot trees and the neighbour's gigantic apricot tree also overhung the fence. Dad being a frugal type made preserves. In fact, he made so much he also built a floor to ceiling cupboard just to hold the tens of dozens of fruit jars we produced. Being school holidays as well as the traditional lay-off period for building industries, he had us and our friends lined up as a captive production line for processing apricots, peaches, plums and anything else the neighbours turned up with as buckets of surplus from their trees. One year my sister was very taken with the apricots. For every jar she packed she probably ate 2 or 3 pieces of the fruit. Bad idea. When it came time for mum to cook / serve desserts in winter, sister could. not. face. a single mouthful of apricot pie or crumble or even just with custard or icecream or as a cake topping.

    That lasted several years, and she's still not overly fond of them. Make yourself sick with something and you may never eat it again - your brain (or instinct, whatever you want to call it) can make you hate the stuff.
    They employ this method in quitting smoking, they make you smoke and smoke until you vomit just from thinking about it.
    Aversion Therapy.

    I hate milk chocolate because once I ate so much I threw up, but I love dark semi-sweet chocolate chunks
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    White chocolate?

    I hate white chocolate. Because a) it's not chocolate, b) it's too sweet and it tastes disgusting.
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    Not trying to do that. Just don't want to ask people to help if that is the perception. The first part was a geniune question. The second part is genuine research but obviously don't want people to think it is spam.
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    I wonder if it has anything to do with the "mirror neural system".

    A question like; what is your immediate when visualizing, "a juicy steak sizzling on the grill".
    In some this might induce salivating, in others a vomit response of disgust.
    Where and how does that happen?
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