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.
“It’s not fuckin’ rocket science, this stuff.”
– Prince of Temptation
Heliocentrism, an astronomical model, took decades to go from poppycock to common knowledge because it threatened dopamine flow by turning everyone’s world right side up. Neurocentrism, a behavioral model, might take years to gain widespread acceptance because it threatens dopamine flow by turning everyone’s world outside in.
“I never did drugs, because I knew that they were just stupid. I was in shock knowing that I was addicted to DOPAMINE.” – Michael
“The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.” – B. F. Skinner
“I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man’s reasoning powers are not above the monkey’s.”
– Mark Twain
The Semmelweis reflex is one reason it might take years until the information contained on this site is considered common knowledge.
“A true zombie is nothing more than an unconscious being apathetically and lifelessly lumbering across the planet buying and consuming everything in its path, unsatisfied, unfulfilled, anxious and unstill.”
– Judith Froemming