The Surprising Failures of 12 Steps – The Atlantic

Here’s a recommended read from The Atlantic. If you or somebody close to you is an addict, you’d be wise to read this vintage article. The article explores how a pseudoscientific, religious organization birthed the most trusted method of addiction treatment

Source: The Surprising Failures of 12 Steps – The Atlantic

As well as being a Chartered Accountant by profession, I have a Doctorate in Business Admistration, so I tend to look for the scientific evidence and then collaboration of the evidence, then I look for alternatives. In other words, I’m pretty skeptical of headlines and popular solutions. I’m just sharing my bias.

To me it’s obvious, as a trained social scientist, that ‘one-size fits all’, panacea programs has severe limitations – simply, it fails to deal with individual context.

Sadly, addiction brings enormous psychological, social and economic consequences to victims, their families and friends. Addicts are by definition extremely weak people and they’re constantly looking for an easy solution. Unfortunately, everybody is genarally desperate by the time that they turn to the ’12 Steps’.

The Atlantic article looks at the underlying scientific evidence and it raises some fundamental questions about the ’12 Steps’. Of course individuals might argue that ’12 Steps’ worked for them but their arguments are not based upon scientific analysis.



The race to e-mobility | DW Environment | DW | 04.08.2017

German newspaper DW reports that German automakers are promising to ramp up electric vehicle production, while Paris and London are pledging to go all-electric by 2040. It explores why China is beating Europe at the e-mobility game.

Source: The race to e-mobility | DW Environment | DW | 04.08.2017

German media is giving the German auto makers a tough time, firstly with falsifying diesel emissions and secondly with the race to electric cars, e-mobility. If the biased British media took a tougher line on British businesses perhaps the UK wouldn’t be looking so weak post Brexit?

For so long, ‘Made in China’ signalled a product with less attention to quality. Meanwhile German quality always signalled superior brands with overengineered solutions. Now because of the diesel scandal, world markets may move away from yesterday’s paradigm. China and other countries are embracing tomorrow’s consumer needs but German manufacturers are seemingly slow to invest, milking the status quo.

If Germany leading brands are to survive, they must again lead with innovation and quality. But over engineered German brands are no use if customers’ are ready to pay for Chinese electric cars.