Sunbathing, addictions, life itself… Lalalalala! What?!?

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Can’t resist getting a tan despite the risks? It might be more than a habit. That’s the suggestion from a study in mice showing that exposure to ultraviolet radiation triggers similar effects to drug addiction.

Previous studies have found that many frequent tanners meet clinical criteria for a substance-related disorder, but David Fisher at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and his colleagues wanted to find out whether such sun-seeking behaviour is driven by vanity or a biological addiction.
To test this, the team exposed partially-shaved mice to UV light five times a week for six months. Each dose they received was comparable to a fair-skinned person spending between 20 and 30 minutes in the heat of Florida’s midday sun.

They found that the mice exhibited a response similar to addiction. (1)

But what is an “addiction”?
We are all addicted to everything we do every day.
We are addicted to life it self.

What?!?
Could THAT be an addiction?
Why not?

Try to get to your work through a different new path.
Try to tie your shoelaces in the wrong way.
Wear different pairs of socks.
Sing suddenly and without any reason!

Mock life.
Mock routine.
And a strange new world will appear in front of you…

 

Author: skakos

Spiros Kakos is a thinker located in Greece. He has been Chief Editor of Harmonia Philosophica since its inception. In the past he has worked as a senior technical advisor for many years. In his free time he develops software solutions and contributes to the open source community. He has also worked as a phD researcher in the Advanced Materials sector related to the PCB industry. He likes reading and writting, not only philosophy but also in general. He believes that science and religion are two sides of the same coin and is profoundly interested in Religion and Science philosophy. His philosophical work is mainly concentrated on an effort to free thinking of "logic" and reconcile all philosophical opinions under the umbrella of the "One" that Parmenides - one of the first thinkers - visualized. The "Harmonia Philosophica" articles program is the tool that will accomplish that. Life's purpose is to be defeated by greater things. And the most important things in life are illogical. We must fight the dogmatic belief in "logic" if we are to stay humans... Credo quia absurdum!

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