Monday, May 01, 2006

Authors John Shirley and David Brinn ponder whether addiction (such a negative word) is really just a special way to single out the habits reinforced by neurology and brain chemistry that we don't find acceptable.

SpecRom pondered similar topics in my article "Love Science."

If love is in fact grounded in biochemical reactions and evolutionary patterns that led to success, can other less positive emotional states be just as addictive as love? John Shirley says maybe racism. David Brinn suggests self-righteous indignation. And if our brain chemistries can be manipulated...

Just how vulnerable are we, as individuals and a species, to being yanked around by our dopamine levels?

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