“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
There’s a Nobel Prize waiting for the first highly respected team of scientists who substantiate dopamine addiction’s existence. Before that occurs, the researchers will have to overcome two formidable hurdles.
The first hurdle will be to find the honesty, courage, and willingness to own up to their personal dopamine-related addictions.
The second hurdle will require the fortitude to deal with the backlash, disapproval, and ridicule that will be heaped upon them from all sides. Corporations, governments, and religions controlled by Stage IV dopamine addicts will do everything in their power to undermine the researchers’ efforts. The media will vilify both the researchers and their research with headlines that fuel public outrage and ignite indignation. Dopamine addicts will use lies, unfounded opinions, and junk science to reassure themselves that the researchers’ claims are lies, unfounded opinions, and junk science.
The worst assaults will come from threatened peers who will attack the researchers with the fierceness of junkies protecting a heroin stash. After all, few professions require more degrees, titles, peer approval, acceptance, and recognition. Scientists are inured to getting off on the dopamine-induced highs of viewing themselves as society’s elite arbiters of significant breakthroughs. Few scientists will be open to admitting that they are actually members of a private club that has been subconsciously protecting dopamine addiction from being exposed.
The quagmire raises a few questions.
1) How long will it take before dopamine addiction is exposed by a group of esteem addicts whose dopamine-induced cravings for recognition (plus a possible Nobel Prize) proves stronger than their dopamine-induced fears of dismissal, rejection and ridicule?
2) What country’s scientists are the most likely to reach for the gold ring first? Will they live in a repressive dictatorship where academic freedom is suppressed, a country that pays lip service to intellectual freedom, one where freedom of thought is encouraged, or a corporate state where CEOs reduce all decisions down to profit (and personal dopamine) maximization?
3) Will the breakthrough come from men, women, or a combination?
4) Once the genie is out of the bottle, how will the different factions, groups, and types of dopamine addicts react to the information?
5) How long will it take for the initial proclamations about dopamine addiction to go from being ridiculed, to violently opposed, to accepted as self-evident?