October 7, 2013 · 7:30 PM
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Addiction to Marijuana is dangerous, but addiction to sleeping pills is 'safe'. Using morphine to alleviate pain towards the end of one's life is moral, but to use opium to elate psychological pain is not. Pharmaceuticals can lobby legally, drug dealers do it illegally.
Drug research, at the core of neuroscience, seeks solutions for normalizing the unruly brains and behaviors; but how is the definition of normal mixed with politics, economics and ethics?
In this meeting, we will ask questions and share knowledge about drug (ab)use in relation to brain, self and society.
Besides your questions and personal/professional insights, please bring any books, essays or films on the topic that you wish us to read and analyze in the next event.
SUGGESTED READING: A Brief History of Drugs: From the Stone Age to the Stoned Age by Antonio Escohotado (~12$; small volume and very readable!)