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Sam Black

Sam Black is an Internet Safety Consultant and a manager at Covenant Eyes. He joined the Covenant Eyes team in 2007 after 18 years as a journalist, serving as a reporter and editor for newspapers and magazines in six states. He has been married for 17 years and is a father of two.

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The Porn Circuit

Science shows us why porn is highly addictive. Learn how our neurochemistry is easily hijacked by porn to create compulsive behaviors, and discover how the brain can be rewired to escape porn's allure.

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3 thoughts on “Your Sexy Plastic Brain: Porn addiction can’t be blamed on biology

  1. I can see where you’re coming from but I’m afraid I can only say that I only part-agree with you.

    For a start, any process to take place in the brain can be considered a biological process since the brain is not exempt from being a part of our anatomical biology. Yes, that includes thoughts and making cerebral ‘decisions’ to act on them.

    Also one does not simply unlearn something. One can sink into denial and rebel against certain thoughts and feelings but it does not erase the conditioning from which the thoughts and feelings were initially established. In addition to this, I don’t see any particular reason why one should need to break such a ‘habit’ unless of course it becomes so cumbersome that their life becomes disorderly due to it.

    If it was not natural, then why after certain physical changes in the brain, such as those that take place during adolescence, would people develop the initial instinct to be curious and seek out these ‘learnings’ and explore the things that satisfy the curiosity of their sexuality?

    Or is that not biological enough for you either? In which case I’m afraid I don’t completely follow.

  2. Hi Anonymous Man,

    Thanks for your comments. Indeed, any process that takes place in the brain is a biological process. So, in that context I also agree with you!

    When discussing biology in this context, Dr. Norman Doidge is referring to our innate biology. For example, when you miss a meal, your stomach growls and and your brain says this body needs food. No human needs to learn that food is needed, babies cry when they are hungry.

    On the other hand, no one is born with fetish desires or a compulsion to regularly seek out and masturbate to pornography. Those are learned behaviors.

    As for the harm porn can cause, I suggest you read the full text of “The Porn Circuit.” You might also be interested in Dr. Doidge’s book, “The Brain That Changes Itself.” It is a completely secular and scientific read, and it is absolutely fascinating. Porn is only part of his discussion, so if you have any interest in discovering more about how we learn and how our brains function, you will not be disappointed with this book.

    Best regards,

    Sam

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