Dopamine Reviews: The Wolf of Wall Street

by Charles Lyell on March 1, 2014

The Wolf of Wall Street is a film about out-of-control drug addicts lying, cheating, bribing, wasting, stealing obscene amounts of money, spreading STDs, and wreaking a whole lotta havoc TO SCORE DOPAMINE SQUIRTS IN THEIR BRAINS.

Does It Matter If Politicians, Like Baboons, Are Literally Addicted to Power?

by Charles Lyell on July 21, 2013

“But too much power – and hence too much dopamine – can disrupt normal cognition and emotion, leading to gross errors of judgment and imperviousness to risk, not to mention huge egocentricity and lack of empathy for others.”
– Ian Robertson

Dopamine Zombies: How to Spot Them, How to Deal With Them

by Charles Lyell on February 20, 2013

“What makes you think that human beings are sentient and aware? There’s no evidence for it. Human beings never think for themselves, they find it too uncomfortable. For the most part, members of our species simply repeat what they are told – and become upset if they are exposed to any different view.”   – Michael Crichton

Dopamine Awareness and Self-Actualization, Rethinking Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

by Charles Lyell on August 8, 2012

“Every baby has possibilities for self-actualization but most get it knocked out of them. I think of the self-actualizing man not as an ordinary man with something added but rather as the ordinary man with nothing taken away.” – Abraham Maslow

Rudolph the Brown-Nose Hominid: Were Homo Sapiens Bred to Be Submissive?

by Charles Lyell on July 10, 2012

“To see what is in front of one’s nose requires a constant struggle.” – George Orwell

Chimpanzees and Today’s GOP: The Power of Rank Inferiority

by Charles Lyell on June 3, 2012

“There is no distinctly native American criminal class save Congress.” - Mark Twain

Dopamine: The “Learning Drug” That Teaches College Grads How to Be Stooges

by Charles Lyell on February 22, 2012

For animals, dopamine is a healthy means to biological ends = survival and reproduction. For people, scoring dopamine is a bioillogical dead-end unto itself.

The Dopamine Matrix: Where Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction

by Charles Lyell on December 17, 2011

Imagine a sci-fi flick where the human race is on the verge of collapse. The situation is so dire that the world’s greatest minds are brought together for a month-long conference. After much rancor and […]

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