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26-07-2015, 10:06 AM
RE: Why do people continue to be stupid?
The confusion with "addiction" to cover things that are, as Anjele says, actually just behavioral compulsions, comes from the fact that our Drug War has conflated the terms. The NIH refers to "marijuana addiction", and pushes this concept through highschool educational programs, even though we know that there is no chemical addiction to THC, only a behavioral pattern (in 9% of cases) akin to "gambling addiction", another one where there's obviously no chemical component.

Because the term "addiction" has a negative connotation, people who wish to inflate the threat of certain activities for their own agenda to try to ban or inhibit that behavior will borrow the term to cover that which it does not actually describe.

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26-07-2015, 11:45 AM
RE: Why do people continue to be stupid?
(26-07-2015 08:06 AM)BnW Wrote:  
(05-06-2015 02:05 PM)Tonechaser77 Wrote:  In fact, it emerged that he lied to create a diversion from a 16-year battle with pornography addiction.

Sorry to sidetrack the discussion but this hits on a peeve of mine. "Addiction" refers to a physical state where your body literally craves a substance and you will suffer real adverse health impacts if you don't ingest the substance.

People don't watch a lot of porn because they are "addicted" to it. They watch a lot of porn because they like watching porn. A lot. Why we feel this societal need to make excuses for these people is beyond me.

I think the same is true about so called sex addiction. You can live without sex. You just like it. And, if you are lying and/or cheating to get more, then you are someone who likes sex a lot and is also a douchebag. But, you're not going to go through withdrawal if you go 3 days without getting laid.




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26-07-2015, 01:48 PM
RE: Why do people continue to be stupid?
Chas wins! (Even though he forgot to drop the microphone at the end of that perfect argument.) Tongue

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17-08-2015, 04:06 AM
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Obscurantism can be one of many reasons and just sole subjective psychology.

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17-08-2015, 06:30 AM
RE: Why do people continue to be stupid?
My mother in law is fanatical about Jim Bakker. She is always buying the shit he is hocking on his tv show. I have to roll my eyes every time she starts prattling on about him. This bothered me the same amount when I was still a christian. I used to call TBN the "Trinity Blasphemy Network" but it's all a bunch of horse shit con men looking to come up fast on gullible sheeple

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19-08-2015, 02:37 PM
RE: Why do people continue to be stupid?
Personally from being on the Randi Forum, I realized that his people just negate everything, and say nothing can be proven, and there are no truths etc etc... so much so that they become hired guns, or hired speakers to denounce any theory that isnt mainstream.

So Yes, he has his niche, and works it well, unless you know his modus operandi, and then you go.... Hmmm that's not proper, thats not science, thats not thinking, but away from thinking to get people stop thinking.
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