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How Honesty and Low-Cost Legal THC Will Transform Human Consciousness

by Charles Lyell on February 18, 2014

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It is simply too painful to acknowledge — even to ourselves — that we’ve been so credulous.” – Carl Sagan


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


Dopamine Dialogues: Practical Applications for Neurocentrism

December 31, 2013

“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?”


What I Learned From Galileo and Ignaz

by Charles Lyell on December 18, 2013

Messrs. Galilei’s and Semmelweis’s critics weren’t evil and they weren’t all stupid. A few might have been brilliant. Some were probably articulate, charming, decent, and convinced they were open minded. The problem was that they were safety, power, peer-approval, and esteem addicts who only cared about protecting and triggering dopamine flow.


Dopamine Dialogues: Getting the Ball Rolling

December 9, 2013

I suspect that Carl Sagan would have understood neurocentrism but I’m not sure if he could have explained it without jeopardizing his reputation.


Heliocentrism and Neurocentrism

by Charles Lyell on December 9, 2013

Heliocentrism, an astronomical model, took decades to go from poppycock to common knowledge because it threatened dopamine flow by turning everyone’s world right side up. Neurocentrism, a behavioral model, might take years to gain widespread acceptance because it threatens dopamine flow by turning everyone’s world outside in.


Dopamine-Induced Madness: Poachers Poison 300 Elephants

by Charles Lyell on December 1, 2013

Poachers in Zimbabwe used cyanide to kill more than 300 elephants and countless other safari animals. Complete herds are being wiped out for one illogical, irrational, unnecessary reason — to score dopamine.


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 […]



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