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Sciencemag.org reports that compulsive gamblers may be more turned on by money than sex.

This thesis emerged from the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting held November 9–13, which reportedly attracted 30,000 to the San Diego Convention Center.

Guillaume Sescousse of Radboud University Nijmegan in the Netherlands gave magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests to 18 pathological gamblers. Prior to the test, they said they valued money and sex equally. But their brains reacted 4 percent faster to images of money than pictures of sexy women.

It's possible that the gamblers' sensitivity to rewarding activities such as sex may be so blunted that gambling is the only thing that still brings pleasure, said neuroscientist George Koob, an alcoholism expert at Scripps Research Institute.

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Don Bauder Nov. 15, 2013 @ 8:27 p.m.

viewer: I know women who dream of marrying a Wall Street multi-millionaire who is hot in bed. But those guys think about making money 24 hours a day, and are probably lousy in bed. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Nov. 16, 2013 @ 7:24 p.m.

viewer: You will get an argument from both men and women. Personally, I disagree with you. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Nov. 15, 2013 @ 8:29 p.m.

shirleyberan: Compulsive gamblers are so obsessed with the slots that they have no time for sluts. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Nov. 16, 2013 @ 7:25 p.m.

shirleyberan: I am paid to bring up good points. Some think I don't deserve any money. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan Nov. 16, 2013 @ 12:48 p.m.

viewer - damn right marriage is a written contract, not fun times.

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Don Bauder Nov. 16, 2013 @ 7:26 p.m.

shirleyberan: You can have a marriage contract and good times also. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan Nov. 16, 2013 @ 1:54 p.m.

My daughter would grab a hand from each of us, and tell us mom and dad. She was kindergarten, and I heard her.

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Don Bauder Nov. 16, 2013 @ 7:27 p.m.

shirleyberan: Kindergarten -- a fun age. Best, Don Bauder

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Burwell Nov. 16, 2013 @ 2:10 p.m.

This thesis explains why Bob Filner doesn't have a gambling addiction and why Mayor Mo married an elderly rich man with a short life expectancy.

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Don Bauder Nov. 16, 2013 @ 7:29 p.m.

Burwell: I think that's a cruel thing to say about Mayor Mo. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan Nov. 16, 2013 @ 2:18 p.m.

Burrell - couldn't figure why Maureen cracked. Loneliness makes sense, replacing sex or companionship which she would not be after for many reasons.

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Don Bauder Nov. 16, 2013 @ 7:33 p.m.

viewer: She took very good care of her late husband when he was ill. It must have been a strain. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Nov. 16, 2013 @ 7:31 p.m.

shirleyberan: I have known Maureen well for many years and I can't figure out her behavior at all. I do think that she must have sunk into depression. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan Nov. 16, 2013 @ 2:52 p.m.

And - I was naively in 2 abusive marriages that denied me monetary opportunities for their gain. You think I thank them?

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Don Bauder Nov. 17, 2013 @ 7:38 a.m.

viewer: I was single until age 26. I enjoyed being single, but have enjoyed being married 51 years much more. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Nov. 16, 2013 @ 7:33 p.m.

shieleyberan: We do feel sorry for you. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan Nov. 16, 2013 @ 3:17 p.m.

Oh honey - If I knew then what I know now - I always wanted a big family - just happy with one daughter - barely got through the mental illness of my husband from Chicago - the first husband from here I was 18 and worked and paid for his college. Both liars. Single and happier now.

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Don Bauder Nov. 16, 2013 @ 7:35 p.m.

shirleyberan: If you are happier single, you should probably stay that way. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan Nov. 16, 2013 @ 3:32 p.m.

Don - were the pathological gamblers young without having started a family (or in a relationship or married) or as I suspect, older and done with it?

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Don Bauder Nov. 16, 2013 @ 7:36 p.m.

shirleyberan: I don't know the ages of the pathological gamblers. I also think 18 is a small sample. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan Nov. 16, 2013 @ 3:37 p.m.

Please - you don't have to reveal your sex life Donald.

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Don Bauder Nov. 16, 2013 @ 7:38 p.m.

shirleyberan: I have no intention of revealing my sex life. I will reveal, however, that I don't gamble at all and believe casinos should be banned greatly because of gambling addiction. I haven't even been to a racetrack since I was in college -- back in the 1950s. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Nov. 17, 2013 @ 7:41 a.m.

viewer: I realize casinos won't be banned. But I can dream, can't I? Best, Don Bauder

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jnojr Nov. 17, 2013 @ 8:36 a.m.

So, you want to ban casinos because they're too popular? Can we use the same "logic" and ban baseball and football games, fairs, malls, or Disneyland?

People want to gamble. Ban it, and you drive it underground. Now, you get all of the problems that accompany gambling (some people just can't handle it, like any addiction), plus you wind up prosecuting lots of other people for no reason other than there are suddenly some words on a piece of paper.

It isn't the Indians' fault the casinos are out in the back country. That's ours, collectively... that's where we sent the Indians, and then we don't allow casinos to be built where people are.

There is a demand, supply will arise to meet it. Period. It's the same with prostitution, drugs, booze, cigarettes, porn, and all sorts of stuff we can argue we'd be better off without. But people want it, and you can't change that.

Huge numbers of San Diegans go to the casinos, have some fun, have dinner, see a show, and come home. Why should they be banned or labeled as criminals because someone else might gamble away the mortgage or drunkenly crash their car on a windy road?

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Don Bauder Nov. 17, 2013 @ 2:42 p.m.

jnojr: You make good points, but I would still ban casinos -- (doing so would eliminate Las Vegas) -- and I'd also ban government-run lotteries, too. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Nov. 16, 2013 @ 7:40 p.m.

viewer: I think I have told shirleyberan plenty. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan Nov. 16, 2013 @ 5:37 p.m.

viewer - I like the name you chose. Don will comment when he figures out what to say that is meaningful. You have a deeply intellegent contemplative spirit.

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Don Bauder Nov. 16, 2013 @ 7:40 p.m.

shirleyberan: I try to say things that are meaningful but often don't. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan Nov. 16, 2013 @ 5:47 p.m.

Didn't flag that. And you know Don is all over the place constantly writing.

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Don Bauder Nov. 16, 2013 @ 7:43 p.m.

viewer: I try to keep most blog items as short as possible. The one you allude to got all the space it deserved. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Nov. 17, 2013 @ 7:58 a.m.

viewer: At my age, I would not be at all surprised if my final blog is of lesser quality. Best, Don Bauder

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Yankeedoodle Nov. 19, 2013 @ 9:30 a.m.

Don: is this a blog? On the Reader menu, I no longer see the word 'Blog' as an option, just 'stories'. I was wondering what happened to the Blogs.

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Don Bauder Nov. 16, 2013 @ 7:41 p.m.

shirleyberan: Yes, and at my age my hand is beginning to get the shakes. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Nov. 17, 2013 @ 9:55 p.m.

viewer: Since longevity is lengthening sharply, those fields may be getting more remunerative. And more doctors may be going into those specialties. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Nov. 17, 2013 @ 2:44 p.m.

viewer: Yes, but having shaky fingers interferes with the using word processors, too. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Nov. 17, 2013 @ 9:57 p.m.

viewer: I am having difficulty following that argument. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan Nov. 17, 2013 @ 11:32 a.m.

This thing took a turn I didn't see coming. Can we lighten up?

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Don Bauder Nov. 17, 2013 @ 9:57 p.m.

shirleyberan: Sure. Let's have some levity. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan Nov. 18, 2013 @ 6:53 a.m.

Don - I didn't say anything for sympathy. Burrell and viewer made comments that started something.

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Don Bauder Nov. 18, 2013 @ 6:56 a.m.

shirleyberan: That's what we are all here for -- making comments that start something. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan Nov. 18, 2013 @ 12:20 p.m.

Don - want to clarify, I miss the man, but not the sexism. Many men make thoughtless statements and seem to enjoy putting women down for no valuable reason.

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Don Bauder Nov. 19, 2013 @ 8:53 a.m.

shirleyberan: Agreed. Sexism has not been eliminated. Nor has racism. Best, Don Bauder

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