The Molecule of More: How a Single Chemical in Your Brain Drives Love, Sex, and Creativity - And Will Determine the Fate of the Human Race Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Why are we obsessed with the things we want and bored when we get them?
Why is addiction “perfectly logical” to an addict?
Why does love change so quickly from passion to disinterest?
Why are some people diehard liberals and others hardcore conservatives?
Why are we always hopeful for solutions even in the darkest times - and so good at figuring them out?
The answer is found in a single chemical in your brain: dopamine. Dopamine ensured the survival of early man. Thousands of years later, it is the source of our most basic behaviors and cultural ideas - and progress itself.
Dopamine is the chemical of desire that always asks for more - more stuff, more stimulation, and more surprises. In pursuit of these things, it is undeterred by emotion, fear, or morality. Dopamine is the source of our every urge, that little bit of biology that makes an ambitious business professional sacrifice everything in pursuit of success, or that drives a satisfied spouse to risk it all for the thrill of someone new. Simply put, it is why we seek and succeed; it is why we discover and prosper. Yet, at the same time, it’s why we gamble and squander.
From dopamine’s point of view, it’s not the having that matters. It’s getting something - anything - that’s new. From this understanding - the difference between possessing something versus anticipating it - we can understand in a revolutionary new way why we behave as we do in love, business, addiction, politics, religion - and we can even predict those behaviors in ourselves and others.
In The Molecule of More: How a Single Chemical in Your Brain Drives Love, Sex, and Creativity—And will Determine the Fate of the Human Race, George Washington University professor and psychiatrist Daniel Z. Lieberman, MD, and Georgetown University lecturer Michael E. Long present a potentially life-changing proposal: Much of human life has an unconsidered component that explains an array of behaviors previously thought to be unrelated, including why winners cheat, why geniuses often suffer with mental illness, why nearly all diets fail, and why the brains of liberals and conservatives really are different.
- Get this audiobook free then 1 credit each month, good for any title you like - yours to keep, even if you cancel
- Listen all you want to the Plus Catalogue—a selection of thousands of Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts, including exclusive series
- Exclusive member-only deals
- $16.45 a month after 30 days. Cancel anytime
|Listening Length||8 hours and 13 minutes|
|Author||Daniel Z. Lieberman MD, Michael E. Long|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||01 October 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 1,208 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
13 in Neuroscience & Neuropsychology
20 in Biological Sciences (Audible Books & Originals)
20 in Physical Illness & Disease
Review this product
Top review from Australia
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Top reviews from other countries
On the other hand it's obvious to anyone who's read even just one other book about neuroscience before that there are some serious over-simplifications and cut corners in this account. For example, the author only very rarely mentions brain regions, neurons, axons & dendrites etc and writes as if the presence/absence of neurotransmitters alone determines human action, which is absurd. The author gets so carried away (no doubt by dopamine, haha) that by the end he is writing that dopamine is "the essence of humanity".
Still, the appeal of this book is that you don't get bogged down in the detail and will come out with an understanding of the 'character' of dopamine and how it 'behaves' in many different domains (love, politics, creativity etc) which is really quite interesting. Scientific storytelling at its finest, 'science' which probably only just makes the grade.