People have been looking for ways to get high and feel euphoric for thousands of years.
@jackson23 My point exactly.Why are you unsure then?Rememebr, is does not equal ought.
I agree, although do you mean the novelty of the act of doing the drugs, or the effects once on the drugs?
@gamergirl23 The novelty of altering consciousness to amuse yourself. It's entertaining and we have an innate drive for it like we do for sex or food.
I think an interesting debate can be about whether or not the drive for novelty is in fact an innate behavior. I'm not entirely convinced on that point, although I do think psychoactive drugs satisfy this desire
@caratara It has been documented in animals. That drive is like a 4th drive, were the first three are shelter, sustenance, and sex. This is why life in a cage with food to keep us alive would be unbearable.
@meta_self Very interesting perspective!
Natural? Psychoactive drugs are not natural. The use of drugs is also not a 'natural' behavior. Wanting to change your brain chemistry is pretty unnatural if you ask me
@riley88 Many events, both endogenous and exogenous, change brain chemistry. Why discriminate? All societies throughout history have used substances of some kind; many substances come from nature. Drugs can alter consciousness with hogh efficenecy and efficacy. Also, animals use them as well. Check out the book: Intoxication by Ronald K Siegal PhD, he explains the drive to alter consciousness is like a 4th primal drive.