September 6th, 2005

coyote Phil

We are all addicts

Friday night, I was talking with Keith Lynch at a WSFA meeting - or maybe it was Thursday at a DC Transhumanists meeting - and he said he knew someone who had taken endorphin inhibitors. Endorphins make you feel good, are highly addictive, and are naturally produced by our bodies. This fellow blocked his endorphins, on the theory that it would give him more clarity of mind. He found it impossible to continue taking them, because without endorphins, the pain of everyday life was unbearable.

This means that we are all addicted to what is, by any reasonable definition, a recreational drug, and that ordinary life is too painful for us without it.