Dopamine 101

Introducton

November 1, 2017

While we wait for the first group of scientists to find the courage to discover what their peers are loath to consider, all you have to do to turn your life around (by understanding human behavior better than the sharpest psychiatrists) is muster enough nerve to confront the fears keeping the craven masses from wanting to know how dopamine-induced madness (DIM) turned potential humans into virtual DIMwits.



Chapter 9: An Introduction to Dopamine Games

by Charles Lyell on November 1, 2017

“No human being is innocent, but there is a class of innocent human actions called Games.”
– W. H. Auden



Chapter 11: Dopamine Games – What Problems? What Disease? What Pandemic?

by Charles Lyell on November 1, 2017

“Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true.”
– Demosthenes



Chapter 14: How Dopamine Games Keep Neuroscientists From Learning About Dopamine

by Charles Lyell on November 1, 2017

“A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.”
– William James



You Can’t Buy Dopamine But You Can Buy Shoes

by Charles Lyell on May 19, 2016

“I like Cinderella, I really do. She has a good work ethic. I appreciate a good, hard-working gal. And she likes shoes. The fairy tale is all about the shoe at the end, and I’m a big shoe girl.” – Amy Adams



Dopamine Reviews: Think Like A Freak (cont)

by Charles Lyell on January 13, 2015

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.



Are South Park’s Writers Smarter Than Scientists Or Do They Just Have Bigger Balls?

by Charles Lyell on November 17, 2014

“It’s not fuckin’ rocket science, this stuff.”
– Prince of Temptation



Heliocentrism and Neurocentrism

by Charles Lyell on December 9, 2013

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.




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