Friday, March 16, 2012

Political Porn

Commander in Church wants to defeat the "scourge" of .... Jihad? Big Government? No. Santorum wants an even Bigger government to go Hard against internet porn.


2 comments:

Bosch Fawstin said...

A friend of mine puts it very well:

'It doesn't surprise me that a Man like Santorum would choose to discuss topics of this kind in an environment rife with much more immediate issues, what surprises me is the amount of support he gets from the People in that environment. Its like the irrational and religious Right, unable to Rationally argue against Obama and the other statists, resort to equal absurdity of a different sort. It is utter nonsense. It is a wonder all these people don't starve to death with all this anti reality thinking they got going on."

I.M Fletcher said...

I don't believe that the Right can't argue against Obama - Gingrich and Santorum have made headway here; it's that the left-slanting media won't let anyone from the Right talk about the real issues because they don't want to draw attention to Obama's record of failure, so they slant the talking points toward gay marriage, homosexuality and contraception as a way of distracting from the real points.

A case in point is the HHS thing. The issue concerned is really with freedom to practice one's religion and freedom of speech, but the Left have turned it into an attack on women and made it all about contraception; they are trying to control the narrative.

Not sure whether Santorum should be concentrating on the issue of porn, but it is an issue, I believe and something that is destroying families. There is a very good article on Scribd about Porn addiction - how it can be an addiction like any other (to drugs, or food, etc), and that these addictions can actually damage the frontal lobe of the brain.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/85912001/Donald-Hilton-Address-Pornography

As the desensitization of the reward circuits continues, stronger and stronger stimuli are required to boost the dopamine. In the case of narcotic addiction, the addicted person must increase the amount of the drug to get the same high. In pornography addiction, hard core replaces soft core, and progressively more shocking images are required to stimulate the person. As a feedback of sorts, the frontal lobes also atrophy, or shrink. Think of it as a ‘wearing out of the brake pads.’ This physical and functional decline in the judgment center of the brain causes the person to become impaired in the ability to process consequences of acting out in addiction. Addiction scientists have called this condition hypofrontality, and have noted the similarity in behavior in the addicted to the behavior of patients with frontal brain damage.

As neurosurgeons, we frequently treat people with frontal lobe damage. In a car wreck, for instance, even with an airbag the brain decelerates into the back of the forehead inside the skull, bruising the frontal lobes. Patients with frontal lobe damage exhibit a constellation of behaviors we call frontal lobe syndrome.

First, they are impulsive, in that they will thoughtlessly engage in activities with little regard as to consequence. Second, they are compulsive. They become fixated or focused on certain objects or behaviors, and have to have it, no matter what. Third, they become emotionally labile, and have sudden and unpredictable mood swings, and fourth, they exhibit impaired judgment.

So cortical hypofrontality, or shrinkage of the frontal lobes causes these four behaviors, and can result from a car wreck or from addiction!

Lets look at studies examining drug addiction and the effect on frontal lobes. This is a study on cocaine addiction published in 2002,9 and it shows volume loss, or shrinkage, in several areas of the brain, particularly the frontal control areas. What about methamphetamine? This study from 2004 shows very similar results

Of course, we expect drugs to damage the brain, so these studies don’t really surprise us. Consider, though, a natural addiction such as overeating leading to obesity. Your might be surprised to know that a study published in 2006 showed shrinkage in the frontal lobes in obesity which was very similar to the cocaine and methamphetamine studies!11 And pertinent to our subject, a study published in 2007 imaging the brains of persons exhibiting severe sexual addiction looked almost identical to the cocaine, methamphetamine, and obesity studies