Mass Denial

Chapter 16: Why Businesses Spend Billions Manipulating Customers’ Dopamine Flow and Why DIMwits Don’t Care

November 1, 2017

“It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere.” – Voltaire



Junk Science and the Marijuana Disinformation Machine

by Charles Lyell on April 23, 2016

Reaching their disingenuous conclusions was as easy as pretending they were advancing science by comparing the brain scans of “11 adults between the ages of 21 and 40 who were severely dependent on cannabis and 12 matched healthy controls.”



Chapter 15: The Rise and Fall of Homo Addictus

June 18, 2015

“New opinions often appear first as jokes and fancies, then as blasphemies and treason, then as questions open to discussion, and finally as established truths.” – George Bernard Shaw



Dopamine Profile: Is Harvard’s Howard Shaffer This Century’s Cardinal Bellarmine?

by Charles Lyell on May 18, 2015

“There are horrible people who, instead of solving a problem, tangle it up and make it harder to solve for anyone who wants to deal with it. Whoever does not know how to hit the nail on the head should be asked not to hit it at all.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche



Dopamine Reviews: The Big Short

by Charles Lyell on February 24, 2015

The Big Short is actually about insanity. More specifically, it’s about the insanity resulting from dopamine-induced addictions to money, power, acceptance, approval, and status.



Lyin’ Brian Williams Gets Skewered By FOX News Hypocrites, Phonies, and Frauds

by Charles Lyell on February 7, 2015

“Man will do many things to get himself loved, he will do all things to get himself envied.”
– Mark Twain



An Inconvenient Truth About Convenience Addiction

by Charles Lyell on February 6, 2015

The inconvenient truth is convenience has turned out to be so addictive it might be too late to save our species from self-annihilation because we’ve reached a point where just discussing what needs to be done is considered too inconvenient.



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.




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