“When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.” — Jonathan Swift.
You don’t have to be a genius to understand how dopamine-induced madness (DIM) turns seemingly rational humans into irrational DIMwits. And it doesn’t take a PhD to know, when it comes to DIMwits, prodigies are no better than dunces at figuring out (or understanding when it’s explained) why all the destruction they claim to disdain and constantly complain about can be linked to dopamine-induced addictions.
None so blind
“Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don’t know because we don’t want to know.” – Aldous Huxley
With the help of brain scanning equipment, researchers keep confirming there is only one addiction and it’s to the neurotransmitter dopamine. The difference between addicts is how the powerful neurotransmitter is triggered. Some use drugs, others rely on money, gambling, belief systems, and/or Abraham Maslow’s psychological deficiency needs (D-needs) for safety/power, acceptance/approval/attention, esteem/status.
The symptoms for all addictions are the same, including self-deception, denial, an inability to admit to addictive behaviors, an intransigent commitment to dopamine-triggering behaviors, and utter indifference to the personal, societal, and environmental damage the addictions cause.
This common phenomenon eludes detection because DIM reduce all choices, beliefs, and behaviors down to maintaining (i.e. triggering and protecting) dopamine flow. And there’s are few greater threats to safety, power, acceptance, approval, esteem, and dopamine flow than admitting to addictions.
To protect dopamine flow DIMwits ignore, deny, get offended, offensive, defensive, argumentative, dismissive, belligerent, aggressive, and/or homicidal.
The root cause of an ongoing confederacy of DIMwits
“The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” – Ancient proverb
History books are rife with examples of clueless rivals uniting against perceptive foes.
The religious and scientific DIMwits conspiring against Galileo didn’t care about justice, morality, truth, logic, science, scriptures, religion, heresies, or hell. They were colluding safety, power, acceptance, esteem addicts who flocked together to silence a tenacious adversary whose beliefs threatened their positions, approval, status, and dopamine flow.
Centuries later, members of the same professions continue the time-honored, dopamine-triggering deception by pretending they’re committed to understanding dishonesty, greed, corruption, pollution, bigotry, intolerance, hypocrisy, immorality, criminality, and inhumanity while conveniently overlooking the root cause of every man-made problem — unacknowledged addictions to money, belief systems, and Maslow’s D-needs.
“The game we play is let’s pretend and pretend we’re not pretending.”
– Bernard Gunther
To protect themselves against honesty (and provide the unconsciousness addictions require) DIMwits play an assortment of dopamine games. One especially flimsy game is I’ll Let You Deny Your Addictions If You Let Me Deny Mine.
ILYDYAIYLMDM is so transparent only DIMwits are fooled. But with dopamine-induced madness running amuck, there’s never a shortage of game players.
ILYDYAIYLMDM is the reason researchers aren’t using sophisticated brain scanning equipment to investigate the links between bigotry and safety addiction, religion and acceptance addiction, status symbols and esteem addiction, and the destruction of environments, economies, lives and money addiction.
Forgive them, for they don’t want to know what they do
“Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature.”
– George Bernard Shaw
DIMwit societies play ILYDYAIYLMDN by pretending cherished addictions are honorable customs. The deception allows DIMwits to continue indulging even the most absurd behaviors while giving themselves undeserved credit (to trigger gratuitous dopamine) for respecting both their own and other cultures.
As a result, elephants are being tortured and slaughtered, shark populations decimated, and mine workers maimed and killed so insecure DIMwits can trigger dopamine by flaunting ivory, dining on pricey soup, and flashing bling. And while it would be relatively easy to expose one another’s pathological selfishness, primitiveness, and neediness, confederacies of DIMwits hide behind the tradition of turning a blind eye.
DIMwits of a feather
“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” – George Orwell
DIM makes it impossible, for geniuses and dolts alike, to consider information that threatens dopamine flow. Understanding how neurotransmitters influence/determine behavior and admitting to ignorance, mistakes, or being wrong threaten dopamine flow in a big way because they threaten safety, power, acceptance, approval, and status. To complicate matters, the mindless obsession of seeking acceptance and avoiding rejection is responsible for rampant homophily.
From The Backfire Effect and How to Change Minds by Christopher Graves
Compounding this inability for humans to easily consider evidence they might be wrong is a principle known as “homophily.” It is often defined as “birds of a feather flock together.” Homophily is a profound and primal force in humans that binds people together in clans, tribes or groups. But it also signals to tribes who is not an insider. Those who send cues they are from an out-group are exiled and nothing they say will be accepted at face value. The brain reinforces this evolutionary pull by rewarding those accepted into a group with a bit of oxytocin, also known as the “trust hormone” first encountered in life when newborns breast feed. The belongingness urge is so powerful among humans that the threat of being ejected from a group brings on a sharp activation of the anterior cingulate cortex—the region in the brain that governs physical as well as social exclusionary pain.
“A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.”
– Groucho Marx
Homophily played a key role in evolution. Less fit primates, addicted to acceptance and approval, benefited from survival advantages that stacked the deck against fitter, smarter, independent rivals. Unfortunately, the same dopamine-induced addictions, that continue to support the survival of lower animals, were perverted into glitches that devolved potential humans into virtual DIMwits.
One consequence is that independent-minded visionaries are constantly frustrated conspiring DIMwits gangs who get away with convincing one another they know what they’re talking about when they don’t want to know. And among the many dopamine-repellent facts colluding connivers and cowards don’t want to know is that they flock to like-mindless groups because they lack the courage to look to and think for themselves.
The sad part is that it’s the 21st century and, despite overwhelming evidenced to the contrary, DIMwits continue to prefer dopamine-appealing pretensions and conceits about being what we aren’t over any dopamine-repellent facts that threaten to reveal why we aren’t what we pretend to be.
There’s no way of knowing how many countless breakthroughs were ignored, summarily dismissed, mocked, attacked, or crushed because the unknown, underfunded, unconnected, open-minded, insightful outliers advancing them proved no match against confederacies of powerful, entrenched, easily threatened, delusional, closed-minded DIMwits whose only concern was maintaining dopamine flow.