August 22, 2004

Wireheads and depression

I re-read the first two books of the Ringworld series a few months ago. Great science fiction--cool technology, interesting aliens, cardboard characters, decent plot. In the second one, The Ringworld Engineers, one of the main characters is addicted to electricity. Seriously--he has a device that directly stimulates the pleasure center of the brain. Niven calls this 'addicted to the wire.'

Recently, however, I ran across this article: Shocking Treatment for Depression. Sure, sure, it will require a prescription, and it only helps "lift [your] mood." It's only for folks who are depressed. And Viagra is only for older men with erection problems.

Posted by moore at August 22, 2004 07:39 PM
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