Dopamine Games

A Confederacy of Addicts

by Charles Lyell on February 18, 2015

To protect themselves from honesty, and the unconsciousness required to continue indulging addictions, confederates play a flimsy but effective dopamine game called I’ll Let You Deny Your Addictions If You Let Me Deny Mine.

Dopamine Games: Everybody’s Doing It

by Charles Lyell on July 2, 2014

“Morality is the herd-instinct in the individual.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

How Good Guys Can Stop Helping Bad Guys

by Charles Lyell on April 17, 2014

“If I only had three words of advice, they would be, Tell the Truth. If got three more words, I’d add, all the time.” – Randy Pausch

Dopamine Games: Straw Man Arguments

by Charles Lyell on May 14, 2013

Straw Man Arguments is a popular dopamine game that employs an obvious ploy — misrepresenting what was said. The objective is to “win” disputes by questioning, disproving, dismissing, trivializing, mocking, being offended by, and/or objecting to what wasn’t said.

Dopamine Games: An Introduction

by Charles Lyell on April 26, 2012

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

How Dopamine Games Keep Neuroscientists From Learning About Dopamine

by Charles Lyell on April 18, 2012

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

Dopamine Games: What Problems? What Disease? What Pandemic?

by Charles Lyell on April 10, 2012

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

Dopamine Games: Mentalbators, Mentalbating, and Mentalbation

by Charles Lyell on April 2, 2012

Complaining, Scapegoating, Certainty, Gossiping, Denial, and Notice Me! are popular dopamine games that offer invaluable insights into mentalbators and mentalbation.

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