The Thief and the Technique — 8 Comments

  1. Dear Robert,

    thanks for your interesting post(s)!

    I was reading chapter V lately and I have to admit I wasn’t too impressed by it.
    Alexander talks about a truly interesting subject, but in my opinion he clearly misses the difference between addiction and habit. (Of course it’s easy for me to say that with 100 years of research between me and him :-)). But still: The “drug habit” (p.41) is NOT just a normal habit (like the famous sitting down). There are more serious factors involved than just (and we all know that “just” that is difficult enough to change) the familiar neuronal path. In most cases you can’t fight an addiction with “reasoning powers” (p.42).


  2. Hi Tony – thanks for you comments. I agree the addictions part of the chapter are a problematic, which is one reason I didn’t spend much time on that. But I do think working on a “physical” level can be helpful with addictions, although I’m certainly no expert.

    All the best,


  3. Thanks, Robert. Good point! Sort of a proof that AT really is scientific — it’s neutral about its applications.

    I also wonder about a more insidious example in the form of moral hazard: Someone with good use will be less easily rattled in a noisy chaotic environment and so less likely to do anything to change it!

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