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Harvard lecturer and ‘Think for Yourself’ author Vikram Mansharamani explains his strategies for strengthening common sense in a time ruled by big tech

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Influencers have shot to fame by sharing experiences with addiction, but their success is fraught

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I use ad data to try to save their lives

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An illuminated “G” hangs on the wall.
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A new book shows that the shift to opioids manufactured internationally in labs has created a deadly drugs crisis

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Q&As and livestreams about addiction are now part of the package for Pornhub and Stripchat

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Opinions are strong, but the science is far from settled

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So-called dopamine hacking is more sales pitch than science. What matters isn’t how our attention is captured, but what we pay attention to.

Illustration: Rebekka Dunlap

Judith Grisel shares her story and science in her book, ‘Never Enough’

Photo: Emily Paine — Bucknell University

People would rather be on their phones than engage with other people

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