“Addiction Is Not A Disease Of The Brain”
…we haven’t discovered, in the reward reinforcement system, a neurochemical signature of addiction. We haven’t discovered the place where addiction happens in the brain. After all, the so-called highjacking of the reward system is not itself a neurochemical process; it is a process whereby neurochemical events get entrained within in a larger pattern of action and decision making.
Is addiction a disease of the brain? That’s a bit like saying that eating is a phenomenon of the stomach.
By Alva Noë, a professor of philosophy who works on perception and consciousness at the University of California, Berkeley.
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