Animals Getting High: New Book Explores Feeling Good In The Wild
After a long day of roaming the wild, can you blame a bird for throwing back a few fermented berries?
Perhaps not, according to author and neuroscientist David Linden, who says that wild animals will "voluntarily and repeatedly consume psychoactive plants and fungi," much like humans.
In his new book, The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, and Gambling Feel So Good, Linden discusses an array of wild creatures getting stoned on pretty much whatever they can get their claws on.
I'm sure animals experience happiness and pleasure, but unlike humans, I don't think they always fixate on it, and constanty try to measure it or quantify it, or compare their happiness to that of others, and do things that work against their own self happiness.