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Listen |The Economics of Brainwashing

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Why isn’t every addiction created equal in the court of public opinion? Compulsive smartphone use doesn’t have the same consequences as smoking crack, but ‘Candy Crush’ still makes use of the same addictive feedback loop. Whether you’re gambling or eating Cheetos, you’re trading your time and money in exchange for regular hits of dopamine. You’ll also learn why games like Candy Crush work on exactly the same principles as casino slot machines.

Cracked editors Jack O’Brien and Jason Pargin (aka David Wong) discuss the science and culture of addiction in the 21st century. They’ll look at all the ways giant corporations are exploiting our brains to control our behavior — and ask if there’s any way this addiction train can be stopped.

This is the best podcast I have heard to date. Like all Cracked podcasts the discussion is not dumbed down or so obviously scripted, there is plenty of actual discussion. At 1hr 20 mins its a standard length for these guys, just intellectual discussion about the major driving force of many Western societies which does not encourage individuals to develop their strengths or interests and what we should do to change it. Listen and subscribe to their channel because there’s plenty of interesting material.

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Read | Faith as Addiction: Reviewing Steve McQueen’s Shame

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Faith as Addiction

In a week in which addiction is being much discussed, due to the sad death of talented actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman, this article looks at faith as addiction. Reviewing Steve McQueen’s film Shame and written by a professor of religious studies, it tackles the idea that religious faith can be regarded as an addiction

S. Brent Plate is visiting associate professor of religious studies at Hamilton College. He is the author of Religion and Film: Cinema and the Re-Creation of the WorldBlasphemy: Art that Offends

 

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