[ExI] fermi paradox again, was: addiction

Anders Sandberg anders at aleph.se
Wed Apr 8 06:56:03 UTC 2015

Tara Maya <tara at taramayastales.com> , 8/4/2015 1:16 AM:

Well, women who are kidnapped and addicted to crack or whatever are also being beaten, raped and surrounded by other women already addicted to crack. There’s often usually good reasons for them to fear they have no way to escape and no other serious options. 

There is the issue of "rational addiction": if your life is lousy, drugs might actually make it better. Especially if it is so dangerous or uncertain that you should discount the future heavily. 

But the social aspect of drug use is important and often overlooked. Enhancement use is just as linked to social network as recreational drug use: it is very different between different colleges at the same university, and if your friends or colleagues use enhancers you are more likely to use too. Partially because you can get support, advice and supplies. 

Anders Sandberg, Future of Humanity Institute Philosophy Faculty of Oxford University
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