Opioids, Addiction, Podcasts, and How You Can Help Points

The Science History Institute, formed by the merger of the Chemical Heritage Foundation and the Life Sciences Foundation, is a fantastic resource for those interested in researching the history of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences – topics that are necessary if we’re to understand the role that intoxicants have played in our lives.Continue reading “Opioids, Addiction, Podcasts, and How You Can Help Points”

Highlighting Race, Ignoring Motive: Science, Subjectivity, and Walter Bromberg at Bellevue

The year 1934 was a turning point for cannabis in the U.S. This was the year that Harry Anslinger and the Federal Bureau of Narcotics turned its attention toward the marijuana menace, thus inaugurating the reefer madness era. That same year, Dr. Walter Bromberg, senior psychiatrist at Bellevue Hospital in New York, published the firstContinue reading “Highlighting Race, Ignoring Motive: Science, Subjectivity, and Walter Bromberg at Bellevue”

Experimenting with Cannabis: Science and Reefer Madness

Recent work on commodities, particularly Paul Gootenberg’s recent work on cocaine has highlighted the roll of knowledge formation in understanding the dynamics of commodity relationships. In his book, Gootenberg traced the commodity chain of cocaine as it was shaped through political, economic, and intellectual filters in Bolivia, Peru, Germany, the United States and elsewhere. Gootenberg’sContinue reading “Experimenting with Cannabis: Science and Reefer Madness”

Big Questions, Free Will, and Addiction

Broadly speaking, it lasts from ages 10 to 20, with a greater salience between, say, 12 and 15 years old. This is the period of life (at least in my life) when the Big Questions got the most attention. These questions concern such matters as:  What is the meaning of life (if any)?  Is there a god? Continue reading “Big Questions, Free Will, and Addiction”

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