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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 Paperback – Illustrated, September 3, 2019
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"One might consider it Freakonomics for the mind."
— Greg Roth, "The Idea Enthusiast"
"Daniel Lieberman and Michael Long have pulled off an amazing feat. They have made a biography of a neurotransmitter a riveting read. Once you understand the power and peril of dopamine, you’ll better understand the human condition itself.”
—Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and When
“Meet a molecule whose fingerprint rests upon every aspect of human nature—from desire and drugs to politics and progress. Lieberman and Long tell the epic saga of dopamine as a page-turner that you simply can't put down.”
—David Eagleman, PhD, neuroscientist at Stanford and New York Times bestselling author
“I've worked as an artist for forty years, and the question ‘Why am I like this?’ has been a puzzle, a mystery, a plea, and an occasional cry to the heavens. Lieberman and Long have created a road map for all those wrestling between insatiable longing and the here and now.”
—Thomas F. Wilson, actor and comedian
“Why do we crave what we don’t have rather than feel good about what we do—and why do fools fall in love? Haunting questions of human biology are answered by The Molecule of More, a must-read about the human condition.”
—Gregg Easterbrook, author of It’s Better Than It Looks
“As a guy who creates musical stuff for a living and reads science books for kicks, I was doubly hooked by The Molecule of More. Lieberman and Long lay out the astoundingly wide-ranging effects of dopamine with nimble metaphors and fat-free sentences. And the research linking creativity and madness, with dopamine as the hidden culprit—let’s just say it hit home. Reading each chapter, I felt myself fitting a key smoothly into a locked door, opening onto a fresh-yet-familiar room.”
—Robbie Fulks, Grammy-nominated recording artist
“Jim Watson, who deciphered the genetic code, famously said, ‘There are only molecules; the rest is sociology,’ adding fuel to C. P. Snow's complaint that Science and the humanities are two fundamentally different "cultures" which will never meet. The authors argue provocatively, yet convincingly, that the molecule that allows us to bridge the chasm between them is dopamine. Though written for ordinary people, the narrative is sprinkled throughout with dazzling new insights that will appeal equally to specialists.”
—V.S. Ramachandran, PhD, professor at the University of California, San Diego, and at Salk Institute and author of TheEmerging Mind
About the Author
Daniel Z. Lieberman, M.D. is professor and vice chair for clinical affairs in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at George Washington University. Dr. Lieberman is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a recipient of the Caron Foundation Research Award, and he has published over 50 scientific reports on behavioral science. He has provided insight on psychiatric issues for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the US Department of Commerce, and the Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy, and has discussed mental health in interviews on CNN, C-SPAN, and PBS. Dr. Lieberman studied the Great Books at St. John's College. He received his medical degree and completed his psychiatric training at New York University.
Trained as a physicist, Michael E. Long is an award-winning speechwriter, screenwriter, and playwright. As a playwright, more than 20 of his shows have been produced, most on New York stages. As a screenwriter, his honors include finalist for the grand prize in screenwriting at the Slamdance Film Festival. As a speechwriter, Mr. Long has written for members of Congress, U.S. cabinet secretaries, governors, diplomats, business executives, and presidential candidates. A popular speaker and educator, Mr. Long has addressed audiences around the world, including in a keynote at Oxford University. He teaches writing at Georgetown University, where he is a former director of writing. Mr. Long pursued undergraduate studies at Murray State University and graduate studies at Vanderbilt University.
- Publisher : BenBella Books; Illustrated edition (September 3, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1948836580
- ISBN-13 : 978-1948836586
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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And over and over I keep feeling like the statements are a bit of a reach. Using this one explanation or axis as the only element of whatever they're talking about.
I can't even say precisely what dopamine is... Is it what makes us want to do something? I thought it was pleasurable, and often pain is what motivates me (sadly).
-Sarah Warren, author of The Pain Relief Secret
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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.