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SOME CANDIDATES USE ADDICTIVE DRUG TO KEEP FOLLOWERS LOYAL!

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Unfortunately for the U.S., the candidate most likely to occupy the White House could be the contender who’s best at stirring up voter’s fears and anger. Each time a hot-button issue like immigration, abortion, or jobs and wages are shouted out as threats to safety and wellbeing, followers receive an instant fix of an addictive drug.
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HOW CAN WE REDUCE GUN-RELATED TRAGEDIES?

In Brain, Bullying, Conflict, Dumb Things, Media, Politics, Social Issues, Terrorism, Violence by DC McGuire1 Comment

by Donna-Christine McGuire Violence occurs at a shocking rate in the United States. The San Bernardino tragedy was the second mass shooting in one day, and the 355th in 2015. In a given year, 32,000 U.S. children will die from gunfire-related deaths: more than will die from cancer, pneumonia, influenza, asthma, and HIV/AIDS combined.
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WHY DID I DO THAT?

In Brain, Conflict, Diabetes, Dieting, Dopamine, Dumb Things, Health, Influences, Obesity, Overeating, Parenting, Politics, Porn, Relationships, Social Issues, Stress, Success, Terrorism, Video Gaming, Violence, War, Wellbeing by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

By Donna-Christine (D.C.) McGuire There is one Jekyll and Hyde brain chemical that if understood and used intentionally could dramatically improve life on this planet, for everyone. In the dark about dopamine? It’s an opioid cousin of cocaine and amphetamines, and with similar addictive rewards.
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A SCIENTIFIC ALTERNATIVE TO WAR by d.c. mcguire

In Brain, Bullying, Conflict, Control, Dopamine, Dumb Things, Negotiation, Neuroplasticity and Politics, Neuropolitics, Peace, Politics, Social Issues, Terrorism, Violence, War by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

Chilling, historically true, and way too familiar, Goering’s strategy has been imposed on the masses forever. Finally humanity has an epic alternative for ending the devastation of armed conflict. Neuroscience has discovered that fear is rewarded with the naturally occurring, brain chemical, dopamine, and that we humans have a predisposition to dopamine addiction.
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WHY ARE WE LOWERING THE CONFEDERATE FLAG AND RAISING MARRIAGE EQUALITY – NOW?

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by D.C. McGuire

Given our long track record for conveniently looking the other way and letting sticky issues slide as long as possible, this has been a surprising and hopeful time for many Americans. As humans, our tipping point for new thinking and behavior usually occurs with a kick in the pants in the form of some unbearable stressor or tragedy that makes continued inaction impossible.
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“ANGER CAN BE POWER?” – THE BRAIN’S EXPLANATION OF WHAT’S HAPPENING IN CONGRESS

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NYT Opinionator, donna-christine mcguire comment

http://nyti.ms/15Ziodf

Convinced of a threat, real or imagined, the mammalian (animal) brain pumps out the neurochemical, dopamine, in proportion to the perceived danger. This is a primitive survival response designed to help us remember and avoid danger in future encounters.
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NEUROPLASTICITY by Bread and Circuses?

In Brain, Conflict, Control, Neuroplasticity and Economics, Neuroplasticity and Media, Neuroplasticity and Politics, Neuroplasticity and Society, Politics, Success by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

In the middle of the night a loud unfamiliar woman’s voice in our bedroom jolted us out of a deep sleep. “Text message from 805 467-9803.” It was 4:30 in the morning. After twenty incredibly annoying minutes fumbling around with endless setting possibilities we discovered that a feature on Mike’s new smart phone had accidentally engaged in “drive mode”.
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From the Pilgrims to the Cage Fighters

In Control, Dopamine, Dumb Things, Epigenetics, Influences, Neuroplasticity and Society, Politics, Success by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

The vector of development our species has followed to this point is exhausted. Thinking and behavior that propelled humanity out of caves, into tribes with, livestock, crops, into villages with guilds and governments, and finally into nations, with opportunities to learn, grown and express our potential, has hit a wall.
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LOPSIDED BRAINS SPELL DISASTER IN WASHINGTON – AGAIN!

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Trying to make sense of Congress’s latest goat show? Wondering why drama, egos, narrow interests, and brinksmanship consistently trump the Nation’s best interests? Read on.  The following is a rerun of my article explaining the dysfunction in Congress at the first of the year. 
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HAVE YOU HAD ENOUGH YET?

In Brain, Control, Dopamine, Dumb Things, Media Violence, Neuroplasticity and Dopamine, Neuroplasticity and Society, Parenting, Politics, Violence by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

First published following July, 2012 Aurora, CO shooting

How many more times will we hear about mass murders before we demand accountability – from the entertainment industry, providers of violent video games, and those who make and sell guns?

This is not a question of freedom of speech.
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WHO IS TO BLAME IN AURORA – THE DRUG OR THE PUSHER?

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Reprinted following the Aurora, CO shooting 7/25

Already emotionally unstable, James Holmes may have been pushed over the edge by external influences. Whatever the official diagnosis, it would be insightful to discover which factors may have exacerbated the underlying pathology that led to the tragedy in Aurora.
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CONSERVATIVE-LIBERAL DIFFERENCES? ALL IN OUR HEADS! Part II

In Dopamine, Dumb Things, Influences, Neuroplasticity and Media, Neuroplasticity and Politics, Neuroplasticity and Wall Street, Neuroplasticity and Washington, DC, Neuropolitics, Parenting, Politics, Relationships, Success by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

Conservatives congregate in the Left Hemisphere of the brain.  It’s the lobe that finds comfort in authority, loyalty, predictability, black/white information, and confrontation.  When the Left Brain is running the show, its owner aspires to hold on to, or grow power.
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