Dopamine doesn’t only explain normal, healthy, life-sustaining behavior, it helps explain abnormal, unhealthy, and illogical behavior.
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“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
It’s no accident so many money, power, and esteem addicts start out as neglected, abused, abandoned, and/or bullied children. Needy children, burdened with insatiable cravings, are predisposed to unhealthy addictions. Some use heroin to trigger dopamine, others trigger the neurotransmitter with money, power, and status.
“What is your own view on the potential practical application of such research? Besides having the scientific validation to point at everyone and call them dopamine addicts?”
I suspect that Carl Sagan would have understood neurocentrism but I’m not sure if he could have explained it without jeopardizing his reputation.
“I think your website has a great deal of potential and I’d like to contribute at some point, but in its current form it has about as much credibility as Jenny McCarthy talking about how immunizations cause autism.”
“I never did drugs, because I knew that they were just stupid. I was in shock knowing that I was addicted to DOPAMINE.” – Michael