Wild Hunger by Bruce Wilshire
The Primal Roots of Modern Addiction

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Why is it that even amidst affluence and power, our culture is plagued by a variety of addictions? In this pioneering work, Bruce Wilshire searches for answers by giving serious attention to our genetic legacy from our hunter-gatherer ancestors as well as to the unique ways we adapt to our environment through the practice of science and the creation of art and cities. The work considers remedies for specific addictions—including drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, and gambling—suggesting that wilderness exploration, in the arts, myths, and ceremonies, can help us rediscover what it means to be human creatures. Bringing together the insights of philosophy, religion, cultural anthropology, behavioral biology, and the vast socio-medical literature on addiction, Wilshire ingeniously explores the limits of our adaptive capacity and the costs of depleting the natural regenerative functions of the body.

About Bruce Wilshire

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Bruce W. Wilshire is professor of philosophy at Rutgers University. He is the author of numerous books, including Role Playing and Identity.
Published October 27, 1999 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 304 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Self Help, Science & Math, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Where primitive cultures had long-established ways of interpreting and integrating their experiences (myth, ritual, symbols), today's workaholic, alcoholic, media-bombarded humans, Wilshire maintains, have degraded substitutes and no rites of passage to help them.

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We are suffering from ecstasy deprivation, something, which was once satiated by contact with the natural world and can only now, unless we tune into the world, be replaced by addiction to drugs, alcohol, sex, and even technology.

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