Addiction as habit formation: excerpts from Aeon

Now that we are stepping firmly away from politics, I thought I’d end the season with a couple of excerpts from an article I recently published in Aeon. Please go to the publication website for the full essay and links. Otherwise, I’ll present an edited (shortened) version in two installments. Here’s the first: ………. The […] (Read the rest.)

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Good drugs (e.g., psilocybin) = good news (all is not lost)

The news has been so depressing lately, it seems like a good time to post something positive. So here’s a look at some new research suggesting amazing benefits from psychedelics like psilocybin — especially for people who need help overcoming anxiety. The main question is: how do these drugs work and what new directions do […] (Read the rest.)

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Now what?

These two-word titles seem to capture how little I feel I have to say at the moment. “Oh shit.” “Now What?” I’m hoping that something more profound will bop me on the head, but I’m not holding my breath. I haven’t written anything in three weeks, which is approximately how long it’s taken me to […] (Read the rest.)

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Oh shit

I feel heartbroken and sick this morning, as I’m sure many of you do as well. How could this happen? I had a post ready to put up today or tomorrow…I was going to wait a day or two until the election fever died down. As it is, this fever isn’t going away any time […] (Read the rest.)

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Gambling, addiction, and responsibility

Last post I described common denominators between drug addiction and compulsive gambling. Today I want to ask: how do we assign responsibility for promoting products that benefit some while seriously harming others — because they are too attractive? I got back from my trip to Australia about three days ago and I can finally see […] (Read the rest.)

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