Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Avoid dementia by chilling out and mingling.
by William Atkins
Inside programmable road signs
also, from ran prieur via nthposition:
"The globalisation of addiction, a book review about Bruce Alexander's work showing that drug addiction is caused by environmental stresses:
A colony of rats were allowed to roam together in a large vivarium enriched with wheels, balls and other playthings, on a deep bed of aromatic cedar shavings and with plenty of space for breeding and private interactions. In this situation, the rats no longer showed interest in pressing levers for rewards of morphine: even if forcibly addicted, they would suffer withdrawals rather than maintaining their dependence. It seemed that the standard experiments were measuring not the addictiveness of opiates but the cruelty of the stresses inflicted on lab rats..."