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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 […]


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


Dopamine Dialogues: Playing in the Science Sandbox

August 15, 2013

“I think your website has a great deal of potential and I’d like to contribute at some point, but in its current form it has about as much credibility as Jenny McCarthy talking about how immunizations cause autism.”



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