“Pleasure – How our brains make junk food, exercise, marijuana, generosity & gambling feel so good” is a book that explains how the pleasure center of the brain works, using lots of interesting examples and anecdotes.
The book is easy to read, and like the quote says on the cover, it is indeed compelling. It’s a very interesting topic for me, so I enjoyed reading the book, as it clarified quite a few things that I didn’t originally understand about the brain.
Some people believe that addiction is something of a moral system, that there’s a choice, and nothing is physically addictive, these usually religious zealots, believe this because otherwise, no one can be fully blamed for being addicted or fully culpable, because the system of addiction can’t be said to feed itself. This is obviously utterly delusional, and is just an opinion to further their warped view of reality. This book helps outline simply why this view is absurd.
If everyone read this book, there would probably be less problems with addiction. If people took the time to understand how their body and brain works, maybe they’d look after it properly. Unfortunately, most of the world is too busy caring about celebrities and media to actually learn something useful.