my god...there's a lot of 'folk psychology' (see Folk psychology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
and Eliminative materialism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
) going on in here!
most of you seem to have 'the cart before the horse'! let's get things straight.
you don't own (or control) your brain!!!
your brain produces 'you' just like it produces 'vision'.
'you' are a neuro-biological computation running on a biological neurocomputer. your whole life is an integral part of a neuro-biological virtual reality. all the qualia (Qualia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
) that this cite is based upon is clearly, inside 'your head'. for example: out in 'the external world' there are frequencies. inside your head, frequencies are transformed into 'pitches'. same goes for: color, texture, odor, taste, etc. (at this point in history, there is a vast literature on all of this which i will only link you to.)
as for coke addiction, every neuron in your brain responds to it all the way down to the genetic level (Effects of chronic exposure to cocaine are regulated by the neuronal protein Cdk5. | Mendeley
bottom line: YOU HAVE NO CONTROL OVER ANY ADDICTION WHAT SO EVER!
just think about it for a sec! how would an act of will occur? does it start outside of 'your brain' (e.g., an alien radio transmission, a falling rock)? note that any such external influence is not 'your act of will'. does it start from some other person (another 'you'?) telling you to do something different? (if so, where does this behavior start in the other 'you'?) let's avoid an infinite regress. internally or externally, an act of will is a neurological dynamical structure produced by a vast number of neurons firing in some fashion and, as a result, changing the chemical composition of the cerebrospinal fluid which changes the timing and amplitude of the neuron signalling. (and around she goes...in an infinite regress?)
brains don't have homunculi (Homunculus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
have ratios of neuro-chemicals which produce differing responses to different drugs. different brains have different ratios that produce different neuro-dynamics which can be modeled by multi-dimensional probability distributions and/or a nice visual topological structure, called: attractors (see Attractor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
a brain's neuro-dynamics may orbit
in a certain part of 'neuro-dynamical space', which we could call 'addiction', and later be perturbed into another attractor in another part of neuro-dynamical space, which we could call 'normal'. the way i look at it is that our whole life's experience is just a traversal of this 'attractor space' which stands from the time 'your' first neuron becomes active until the last one dies out. side trips into and out of addictions are just perturbations, along the way, from birth to death. all of us are just passing through. some pass through faster. some pass on through in pain in wars barely understood. some pass on through in a 'hit'. let's hope her passage was, at least, a pleasure. let's hope her passage caused no harm.