An Addict’s Choice
Everything you think you know about substance abuse is wrong, according to a new book “Addiction: A Disorder of Choice,” which says addiction is “voluntary behavior.”
Everything you think you know about substance abuse is wrong, according to a new book "Addiction: A Disorder of Choice," which says addiction is "voluntary behavior." Written by Gene Heyman, a research psychologist at McLean Hospital and a lecturer at Harvard, the book exacts an exemplary assault on the brain-based model of addiction. Without going so far as to say that addiction is independent of the brain, he attempts to break down the term "addiction" as it is commonly understood: to mean that substance abuse is an act beyond the user’s control. Heyman writes, "[a]ddiction … helps us understand voluntary behavior." How so? "[B]ecause," he explains, "it is not possible to understand addiction without understanding how we make choices." His book is "an invaluable tutorial in how to think about drug addiction [and] in bucking the medicalization trend, Heyman pits himself squarely against the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the nation’s main research facility on addiction, which coined the slogan that ‘addiction is a chronic and relapsing brain disease,’" remarks The New Republic.
New research links urban planning and political polarization.
- Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
- Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.
- Why can't we have a human-sized cat tree?
- What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
- Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
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