Self-deception

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 Challenge: Attention All Neurocritics

by Charles Lyell on March 20, 2014

Neurocritics who summarily dismiss neurocentrism are like puppets dismissing their strings.



How Money, Power, and Attention Addicts Criminalized Pot for Fame and Fortune

by Charles Lyell on January 20, 2014

“There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.” – Harry J. Anslinger



Ice Climbing and Other Legal Addictions

by Charles Lyell on October 19, 2013

According to his Athlete Bio on NationalGeographic.com: “British ice and rock climber Tim Emmett has put up first ascents across the globe, including Cuba, Sri Lanka, and Mongolia. One of his most nervy feats to […]



Revenge of the Dopbots

by Charles Lyell on September 10, 2013

“Anything else you’re interested in is not going to happen if you can’t breathe the air and drink the water. Don’t sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet.” – Carl Sagan



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 Dialogues: Do Scientists Lack Curiosity and Imagination?

July 1, 2013

“I understand your conclusions and I agree that they are not as dopamine appealing as Kim Kardashian’s booty. My question is whether or not they are really dopamine repellent.”



Notes from Neptune: The Rise and Fall of Homo Addictus

by Charles Lyell on June 18, 2013

“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




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