March 2, 2017
Dopamine PuppetsHumans need a minimum level of pleasure in life, and we will do almost anything to get it.
If we don’t have socially-acceptable sources of pleasure, we can easily turn to crime, risky behavior, drugs, or anything else that can give us a buzz. We might even go so far as to hallucinate that Hitler became President of the United States just so we can be outraged about it. This filter on life suggests that the best way to bring the country together is to provide alternative sources of dopamine. Honest debate never changes anything. Facts never change anything. Reason has left the building. If we want unity, it will require new sources of dopamine to replace the outrage-induced kind. - - | Scott Adams' Blog
Posted by gerardvanderleun at March 2, 2017 8:57 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.
That's why Huxley had the rubes doing Soma in "Brave New World" and the Romans had bread and circuses.
Posted by: bill at March 2, 2017 5:05 PM
Michael Trust at www.anonymousconservative.com does an amazing job of explaining and summarizing these phenomena.
Posted by: Ann K at March 3, 2017 5:11 AM