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The Dopamine Project Is Looking For One Smart, Aware, Brave Billionaire

by Charles Lyell on August 1, 2015

“The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.” – Walter Bagehot


Is Harvard’s Howard Shaffer This Century’s Cardinal Bellarmine?

by Charles Lyell on May 18, 2015

“There are horrible people who, instead of solving a problem, tangle it up and make it harder to solve for anyone who wants to deal with it. Whoever does not know how to hit the nail on the head should be asked not to hit it at all.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche


Dopamine Reviews: The Big Short

by Charles Lyell on February 24, 2015

The Big Short is actually about insanity. More specifically, it’s about the insanity resulting from dopamine-induced addictions to money, power, acceptance, approval, and status.


A Confederacy of Addicts

by Charles Lyell on February 18, 2015

To protect themselves from honesty, and the unconsciousness required to continue indulging addictions, confederates play a flimsy but effective dopamine game called I’ll Let You Deny Your Addictions If You Let Me Deny Mine.


Lyin’ Brian Williams Gets Skewered By FOX News Hypocrites, Phonies, and Frauds

by Charles Lyell on February 7, 2015

“Man will do many things to get himself loved, he will do all things to get himself envied.”
– Mark Twain


An Inconvenient Truth About Convenience Addiction

by Charles Lyell on February 6, 2015

The inconvenient truth is convenience has turned out to be so addictive it might be too late to save our species from self-annihilation because we’ve reached a point where just discussing what needs to be done is considered too inconvenient.


Dopamine Reviews: Think Like A Freak (cont)

by Charles Lyell on January 13, 2015

In a previous post I expressed my appreciation for Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner’s “Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain.” This time around I’d like to address a few reservations.


Dopamine Reviews: Think Like A Freak

by Charles Lyell on December 27, 2014

I’m a big fan of Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner’s Freakonomics series and especially their latest book, Think Like A Freak. In addiction to being entertaining, thought provoking, intriguing, and inspiring, TLAF offers valuable insights into neurocentrism.



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