[ExI] Aging out of addiction?
anders at aleph.se
Sat Oct 4 22:10:42 UTC 2014
Addictive behaviour is in many ways a special form of bad habit, reinforced because of the neurochemical effects of the behaviour. One of the main findings in the field has been that context matters a lot: the best way to avoid the behaviour is to change the context - new friends, a new environment that doesn't allow the addict to conveniently continue. Maybe ageing has the same effect: it changes one's context, and this can help kick the compulsive behaviour.
Anders Sandberg, Future of Humanity Institute Philosophy Faculty of Oxford University
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