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Disease; Noun: An impairment of health or a condition of abnormal functioning.
Addiction is now narrowly defined as "uncontrolled, compulsive use despite harm"; if there is no harm being suffered by, or damage done to, the patient or another party, then clinically it may be considered compulsive, but within this narrow definition it is not categorized as "addiction".
Learning: is the process of acquiring knowledge, skills, attitudes, or values, through study, experience, or teaching, that causes a change of behavior that is persistent, measurable, and specified or allows an individual to formulate a new mental construct or revise a prior mental construct (conceptual knowledge such as attitudes or values)
1. mental illness, lack of sanity, or
2. a legal plea, see insanity defense.
Sanity: Sanity is a legal term denoting that an individual is of sound mind and therefore can bear legal responsibility for his or her actions. It is generally defined in terms of the absence of insanity. It is not a medical term, although the opinions of medical experts are often important in making a legal decision as to whether someone is sane or insane. It is also not the same concept as mental illness. One can be acting under profound mental illness and yet be sane, and one can also be ruled insane without an underlying mental illness.
UNSOUND MIND, MEMORY - These words have been adopted in several statutes, and sometimes indiscriminately used to signify, not only lunacy, which is periodical madness, but also a permanent adventitious insanity as distinguished from idiocy.
DEFENSE, INSANITY - A criminal defense asserting that at the time of the commission of the acts constituting the offense, the defendant, as a result of a severe mental disease or defect, was unable to appreciate the nature and quality or the wrongfulness of his acts. Mental disease or defect does not otherwise constitute a defense. U.S.C. 18 (in other words inability to distinguish right from wrong).
When presented with negative information about the candidates they liked, partisans of all stripes found ways to discount it, Westen said. When the unpalatable information was rejected, furthermore, the brain scans showed that volunteers gave themselves feel-good pats the scans showed that reward centers in volunteers brains were activated. The psychologist observed that the way these subjects dealt with unwelcome information had curious parallels with drug addiction as addicts also reward themselves for wrong-headed behavior. -S.A.#1
All Democrats are insane, but not one of them know it; none but the Republicans and Mugwumps know it. All the Republicans are insane, but only the Democrats and Mugwumps can perceive it. - Mark Twain
Originally posted by IgnoranceIsntBlisss
They're addicted to the glory of when "they're" "right. In the current state of politicians and politics the only way the subjects could get consistent "glory" would be to be in an almost absolute state of denial.
The average political person usually seems to fall into the line of binary thinking (left/right, on/off, 0/1, etc). If they hear news that glorifies their side (or any member of it) they enter a state of bliss and glory; they feel as if theyre personally right. When they hear negative news about their guy they automatically start searching for reasons it must be false its all just a smear campaign by the right/left.
This is the dark side of our indoctrinated competitivness that nobody likes to talk about. Its so widespread that there would be mass hysteria if all news outlets were to continually broadcast that bias study for several weeks straight. ... The powers at be could have all sorts of fun playing that sick joke on everyone just to watch everyone scramble, and test their devotion like never before; that will never happen because theyd lose too power of manipulation and justifiable treachery.
Clearly, politically biased people are legally insane, because they cant decypher right from wrong when assessing their favored politicians. They also legally have unsound minds because they legally are under permanent insanity as a result.
Additionally, theyre scientifically addicted to this sad form of insanity, as proven by Westins study (be sure to read that entire article). Because of the addiction, this would indicate that the phenomena is also a disease. Since learning is described as Any improvement in behaviour based on new information, its safe to say that people should take this disease of epidemic proportions very seriously.
"The partisan, when he is engaged in a dispute, cares nothing about the rights of the question, but is anxious only to convince his hearers of his own assertions." - Plato
“The tendency to claim God as an ally for our partisan value and ends is the source of all religious fanaticism” - Reinhold Niebuhr
I always thought that 'fence sitters' were really cowards too.
People that have no beliefs or values and change with the wind are in my opinion only selfish and believe all reality revolves around them and what they want from life.
Seriously though, I can imagine this sort of stuff being used to justify the pacification and re-education of dissenters by big government, whilst the Pharma boys celebrate with another large G&T at the club