Chapter 2: Deficiency Needs and Dopamine-Induced Madness

August 22, 2015

Abraham Maslow’s Deficiency Needs.

“Free will is an illusion. People always choose the perceived path of greatest pleasure.” – Scott Adams

Dr. Maslow wasn’t the first to notice and identify survival instincts, biases, cravings, dispositions, or predilections. His gift to the world was to categorize them into four lower needs and one higher need into a hierarchy that turned into a popular meme long before memes became popular. The lower four he called deficiency needs, or D-needs for short. Level-1 D-needs are physiological, such as eating, sleeping, and sex. The next three levels are psychological needs and include safety (the need to feel secure), the desire for peer approval (to be accepted/appreciated), and esteem (to feel significant).

The higher-level needs — associated with self-actualization — he called being needs, or B-needs. Maslow believed that very few people graduate to B-needs.

Our D-needs correlate with essential survival behaviors that are dependent on a highly evolved biological punishment and reward system. We inherited this system from primitive ancestors who inherited it from more primitive progenitors. The system is fueled by the dopamine that encourages survival-friendly and discourages survival-threatening choices. When the system works as intended, dopamine functions as a life-sustaining, evolutionary-fostering neurotransmitter. When the system malfunctions, dopamine turns into a life-threatening addictive drug responsible for dopamine dysfunction.

I refer to the most pervasive form of dopamine dysfunction as Dopamine-Induced Madness (MAD), a form of insanity that’s so powerful it turns potentially aware humans into unconscious DIMwits who prefer the dopamine-appealing conceit that our species’ problems are too complicated to explain over overwhelming dopamine-repellent evidence that a brain disorder is keeping them from grasping how all human-related problems and disasters can be explained by mass insanity.

Why neurocentrism is a major breakthrough

“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is vio- lently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”  – Arthur Schopenhauer

It’s only a question of time until the scientific community accepts that neurocentrism is as self-evident, though more earth shattering, as heliocentrim. Heliocentrism only challenged a foolish misconception and righted a wrong but benign world view. Neurocentrism challenges an array of malignant misconceptions and turns backward belief systems outside in by exposing how everything we think we’re doing out there (from shooting heroin into veins to vain attempts to achieve fame and fortune) are actually about scoring the same neurotransmitter inside our primitive brains.

In other words, the difference between junkies and the corrupt and corrupting movers and shakers destroying environments, economies, and lives is that the former use heroin while the later use money, status, power, and lies to trigger the same brain chemical.

In a nutshell

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It is simply too painful to acknowledge — even to ourselves — that we’ve been so credulous.”
– Carl Sagan

We’re all nuts because we inherited primitive programming from an unbroken chain of determined, duplicitous, dopamine-driven DIMwits, who were oblivious to genetic coding that drove them to pass their DNA into future generations. To complicate matters, we’re born and indoctrinated into societies where dopamine-triggering cravings for acceptance and dopamine-threatening fears of disapproval keep DIMwits rejecting any evidence of the bamboozle. And then there’s the human heisenbug fix that makes dopamine-repellent thoughts too neurologically painful to think.

Granted, DIM, DIMwits, and heisenbug fix might sound like hokum, pseudo science, or bad fiction. But so did heliocentrism and most ground-breaking discoveries. That’s because DIMwits have never been interested in dopammine-repellent ideas, concepts, information, or individuals.

Guts not brains

“I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is the victory over self. – Aristotle

It’s OK to be a DIMwit. It’s not our fault. We inherited defective DNA from defective ancestors who benefited from primitive programming that stacked the deck in favor of easily frightened, unconscious, insecure, approval craving, status seeking, colluding, co-dependent, unethical, immoral, unquestioning gangs and killers against independent, insightful, aware, conscious, questioning, individuals hampered by morality, ethics, compassion, and disdain for killing.

One result is the glut of cowardly, self-deceptive, like-mindless DIMwits responsible for all man-made problems and dearth of independent thinkers capable of dealing with the challenges.

How much you grasp will depend on how courageous you are which, in turn, will determine whether you understand how the human heisenbug fix can and will prevent you from computing what you’re reading.

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