Dopamine Zombies: How to Spot Them, How to Deal With Them

by Charles Lyell on February 20, 2013

“What makes you think that human beings are sentient and aware? There’s no evidence for it. Human beings never think for themselves, they find it too uncomfortable. For the most part, members of our species simply repeat what they are told – and become upset if they are exposed to any different view.”
– Michael Crichton

As per, “The term [zombie] is often figuratively applied to describe a hypnotized person bereft of consciousness and self-awareness, yet ambulant and able to respond to surrounding stimuli.”

Wikipedia’s definition describes most Homo sapiens, starting with our primitive ancestors who had more in common with apes than human beings. Countless generations later, all man-made problems can be traced to creatures who grew increasingly addicted to the dopamine-induced survival behaviors that we share with chimpanzees. Abraham Maslow called these survival behaviors deficiency needs for food, sex, safety (power), acceptance (approval, attention), and esteem (status).

Our more recent ancestors indulged their inherited hungers by flooding the dopaminergic system with gratuitous dopamine triggered by drugs, gambling, beliefs, and money. The drive to satisfy insatiable dopamine cravings turned our progenitors into dopamine zombies (d-zombies) who spent their waking hours protecting and triggering dopamine flow. Unconscious, unaware, and inhumane, the d-zombies plundered, massacred, propagated, and sidetracked human evolution.

Real-life d-zombies behave like fictional zombies because dopamine usurps free will. Sans free will, seemingly intelligent d-zombies think they‘re thinking when they’re actually reducing all choices down to “dopamine good” and “no dopamine bad.” “Dopamine good, no dopamine bad” might sound simplistic but those five words explain why the information on this site isn’t common knowledge. Cursed with defective dopaminergic systems, d-zombies crave the dopamine triggered by illogical deceptions that inflate esteem and loathe the dopamine disruption caused by logical observations that threaten to reduce esteem. And nothing reduces esteem (and dopamine flow) like the mounting evidence linking dopamine and addictions to safety, power, acceptance, approval, attention, esteem, status, money, and deceptive beliefs.

Zombie and D-zombie Similarities

“Think of the earth as a living organism that is being attacked by billions of bacteria whose numbers double every forty years. Either the host dies, or the virus dies, or both die.”  – Gore Vidal

  • Irrational, mindless, brutish destruction, plundering, and killing.
  • Calloused indifference to the havoc wreaked.
  • Incapable of assuming responsibility for mistakes, deceptions, and failures.
  • Barbaric flesh eaters.
  • Attack threats who try to stop inhumane behavior.
  • Lack the free will required to comprehend how dopamine usurps free will.
  • Unable to grasp how lying, cheating, stealing, collusion, wars, bigotry, racism, xenophobia, hatred, killing, destruction, and drug, sex, food, gambling, and other addictions are symptoms of a widespread brain disorder that’s been undermining human evolution since the dawn of humankind.

Zombie and D-zombie Differences


“A zombie film is not fun without a bunch of stupid people running around and observing how they fail to handle the situation.”   – George A. Romero

  • Easy to spot because they walk, talk, look, and behave inhumanely.
  • Poor conversationalists.
  • Driven by insatiable cravings for human brains.
  • Never discuss or dress up as living beings.
  • Indifferent to being called inhumane or zombies.
  • Not a threat to our species’ survival.
  • Fictional, only attack in books and movies.


A considerable percentage of the people we meet on the street are people who are empty inside, that is, they are actually already dead. It is fortunate for us that we do not see and do not know it. If we knew what a number of people are actually dead and what a number of these dead people govern our lives, we should go mad with horror.  – George Gurdjieff

  • Difficult to spot because they look like humans and many inhumane behaviors are considered logical, acceptable, and even admirable.
  • Driven by insatiable cravings for a neurotransmitter manufactured in their primitive brains.
  • Use rational brains to rationalize dopamine-induced irrational choices, decisions, and deceptions.
  • Lie, cheat, steal, and kill to protect and trigger dopamine flow.
  • Obsess over and dress up as zombies.
  • Become upset, defensive, and dismissive when called inhumane or zombies.
  • Major threat to our species’ survival.
  • Seized control of our species’ fate eons ago.
  • Dangerous and frighteningly real.

How to Deal With and Influence Dopamine Zombies:

“When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures of emotion, creatures bristling with prejudice, and motivated by pride and vanity.” – Dale Carnegie

Dealing with d-zombies starts with raising dopamine awareness to a point where it’s possible to understand the significance of a single observable fact — d-zombies reduce all decisions and beliefs down to protecting and triggering dopamine flow.

That observation is as easy (for rational beings) to grasp, and as impossible (for d-zombies) to ponder, as heliocentrism was for Galileo (who was willing to take an honest look) and his contemporaries (who protected their dopamine flow by refusing to look through the astronomer’s telescope). Galileo’s opponents weren’t rational beings concerned with truth, religion, facts, God, scriptures, or science. They were safety, power, and esteem addicts who demeaned, dismissed, and condemned a pioneer because that’s how 17th and 21st century d-zombies react when their dopamine flow is threatened.

It doesn’t matter if d-zombies use nicotine, alcohol, heroin, gambling, money, food, sex, safety, approval, status, money, and/or beliefs to trigger dopamine. If and when they fear, rightly or wrongly, that anyone is, or might be, threatening their dopamine flow, even the nicest, friendliest, most charming, and seemingly rational d-zombies unconsciously transform into bristling, irrational, dangerous creatures. Logic and facts never work with d-zombies because logic and facts threaten safety and esteem which shuts down dopamine flow.

You can’t beat d-zombies and you don’t have to join them. But you can influence them. The key is to avoid threatening their dopamine flow with inconvenient truths, facts, and observations. Instead, provide their favorite dopamine-triggering foods, sex, safety, acceptance, status, games, money, deceptions, and/or drugs.

Do it correctly and you’ll have d-zombies eating out of your hand instead of biting your head off.

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One Response to “Dopamine Zombies: How to Spot Them, How to Deal With Them”

  1. Guess I am a D-Zombie but self-aware enough to control it – though this not always the case in the past.
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    Posted by Robert | February 21, 2013, 5:11 pm

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