[ExI] addiction p.s.

Dan TheBookMan danust2012 at gmail.com
Fri Jan 10 20:54:55 UTC 2020

I’m not sure that’s so. That there’s contention over an idea doesn’t mean one can’t offer up a working definition or even stipulate one. I hardly think there’s any field where this isn’t some disagreement about concepts, including basic ones. Further, I imagine the bigger problems here arise because “addiction” has policy implications and matters in public debates. And the term has entered common everyday use, which further complicates things. (The definition of esoteric subject matter can be contentious, but most times those debates stay within small circles of interested folks.)


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> On Jan 10, 2020, at 12:31 PM, William Flynn Wallace via extropy-chat <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
> There is no one definition of any kind of addiction.  If there were, there would be no fights over whether you can be addicted to sex, gambling, shopping, video games, and so on.
> Certainly some of the those people, maybe all of them, need some form of therapy, but to call it addiction is another thing.
> bill w
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