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DOPAMINE NATION – The Unnamed Epidemic

In Anger, Anxiety, Attention, Brain, Conflict, Depression, Dopamine, Empathy, Focus, Happiness, Health, Learning, Politics, Porn, Relationships, Social Issues, Stress by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

An epidemic is raging through America that has completely escaped notice of the Centers for Disease Control.

It’s a plague of addiction to the neurochemical, dopamine, which exists naturally in the brain, and, in healthy amounts supports human survival. However, when a chronic excess of dopamine persists, it could be described as “dopamania”, and presents an extreme risk to society. 
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Trump Dumps Paris Climate Accord for Dopamine

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Leaders of 194 countries, scientists, humanitarians, even Exxon Mobil, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, and Shell back the Paris Climate Accord. The President’s daughter and son-in-law are in favor the 2015 agreement. The Washington Post reports that 71% Americans support remaining in the agreement, and of Trump voters, only 25% oppose the treaty.
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Post-Election: DOPAMINE REWARDS ANGER OR ALTRUISM!

In Altruism, Anger, Anxiety, Brain, Conflict, Dopamine, Happiness, Neuroscience, Oxytocin, Peace, Politics, Serotonin by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

Feeling big concerns about the outcome of the Presidential election and its influence on the U.S. going forward? Then you’re experiencing the effects of dopamine on your mind and body. Dopamine is a natural narcotic-like neurochemical, instinctively supplied by our brain when we experience fear.
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Dopamine Smart – New Solutions for Overeating, Over Stressing & Generally Living Better!

In Anxiety, Attention, Brain, Brain Development, Bullying, Conflict, Control, Depression, Diabetes, Dopamine, Health, Learning, Media Violence, Neuroplasticity, Neuroscience, Overeating, Parenting, Politics, Social Issues, Stress, Success, technology, Violence, Wellbeing by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

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Enjoy a conversation recorded October 2016 between Gregory Anne Cox and her guest, neuroscience researcher, D.C. McGuire discussing the dangers and promises of dopamine.  They talk about recent findings linking one brain chemical to  challenges of overeating, stress, parenting, learning, and societal issues, especially bad behavior and violence. 
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IS DONALD TRUMP A DRUG ADDICT?

In Brain, Bullying, Conflict, Dopamine, Politics, Social Issues, Violence by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

Without tracks on their arms or powder around their nostrils Trump and his followers are all addicted to the same drug.  They’re high, or as they say in sports, “juiced”. The drug of choice? Dopamine; the brain chemical that gives us safety and pleasure in reasonable doses or irrationality and recklessness in large ones.
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TRUMP VOTERS FOR BERNIE – SANDERS VOTERS FOR DONALD? WHAT??? Part I

In Anxiety, Bullying, Conflict, Dopamine, Influences, Politics, Social Issues by DC McGuire9 Comments

How is it possible that some voters currently pledging their loyalties to Sanders or Trump claim that they would vote for the other’s candidate before casting their ballot for Clinton?  What do supporters of a candidate that stands for:

eliminating student debt, creating income equality, liberal immigration policies, and environmental protection,

have in common with a candidate who apparently has no interest in any of those issues, but emphasizes:

keeping immigrants out, bringing back off-shore factory jobs, no special concern for gender, civil, or racial equality, and eliminating the EPA?
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Thanks Sarah Palin!

In Brain, Dopamine, Dumb Things, Humor, Politics, Science by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

Humor doesn’t just tickle the funny bone. Our guffaws and yuks also ramp up the dopamine sources in our brains.  When Palin, a politician with a bachelor’s degree in communications, claims to be “as much of a scientist as Bill Nye”, with a degree in mechanical engineering,  who did innovative engineering for Boeing , is one of the developers of The Planetary Society’s remarkable solar sail technology, and has spent decades working in science advocacy and education, all we can do is enjoy a hardy laugh.
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Q. What Do Bill Nye and Donald Trump Have In Common?

In Anxiety, Attention, Brain, Bullying, Dopamine, Politics, Science, Social Issues by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

A. Both make us feel alive, excited and inspired by activating the same natural neurochemical, dopamine.

Q. What makes them as different at day and night?

A. Nope, it’s not their choices of ties. Think again.

Someone, like Bill Nye, who brings followers new, mind-expanding information, treats his audiences to a healthy dose of dopamine. 
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Trump, Trolls, and Dopamine

In Bullying, Dopamine, Media, Politics, technology by Devon McNaughtonLeave a Comment

Politicians use dopamine highs to drum up trance-like support by using angry, frightening, and aggressive rhetoric. This has been occurring since the beginning of politics. Still, Donald Trump stands out from the crowd, because “he has done this in a thoroughly modern way: He is a troll, someone who scores rhetorical points with outrageous or controversial comments, consequences be damned,” writes Oliver Lee for Vice.
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Panama Papers Show Addictions of Rich and Powerful

In Brain, Bullying, Business, Dopamine, Politics by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

Users of cocaine and amphetamines are familiar with drug-induced delusions of grandeur and invincibility.  Dopamine highs, legally made between our ears, can cause similar effects.

Watch base jumpers with dopamine stimulated delusions of invincibility, leap off cliffs and buildings to “fly” in nothing more than “bat suits”. 
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