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You Can’t Buy Dopamine But You Can Buy Shoes

by Charles Lyell on May 19, 2016

“I like Cinderella, I really do. She has a good work ethic. I appreciate a good, hard-working gal. And she likes shoes. The fairy tale is all about the shoe at the end, and I’m a big shoe girl.” – Amy Adams


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.”


An Open Letter to Dr. Nora Volkow, National Institute on Drug Abuse Director

March 4, 2016

Consider this an intervention. As you know, there’s no room for gentility when trying to convince an addict to work past the lack of free will facilitating the denial of addictions.


Dopamine Dialogues: Dopamine & Golf

February 13, 2016

Dopamine doesn’t only explain normal, healthy, life-sustaining behavior, it helps explain abnormal, unhealthy, and illogical behavior.


Dopamine Dialogues: Dear Whoeveryouare

December 27, 2015

Dear Friend,

I normally ask permission before incorporating correspondence into Dopamine Dialogue posts. Since you went to great lengths to keep me from finding out who you are, I hope you don’t mind a public response to your Email.


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


Chapter 20: Fixing the Human Heisenbug Fix

by Charles Lyell on May 20, 2015

“You are afraid of the pain now, Unk, but you won’t learn anything if you don’t invite the pain. And the more you learn, the gladder you will be to stand the pain.” – Kurt Vonnegut


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



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