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What are the reward and liking systems that I keep hearing so much about? They are an example of brain systems that have done an amazing job and are getting recognized more and more, I notice. So, how do they influence our politics? Inquiring minds want to know.
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What on earth could compel someone to attend one of Trump’s superspreader events? Why on earth would Trump hold one? Other than the obvious, he’s a narcissist, and they’re all gaslit, there are powerful brain circuits involved in compelling these self-destructive and foolish behaviors.
Ever wondered how Fox News does it? Persuasive Design goes a long way to explaining how they keep your parents, friends, and neighbors enthralled. Don’t fear, though. I have divided the post into three successive parts: the Quick Dip, the Shallow Dive, and the Deep Dive. Each is an extension of the last so you can read as much or as little as you like and still get something you can use.
Deaths of despair describes the rising mortality rate of white middle class midlife white Americans. For them the American dream is shrinking and it is literally killing them. But, it is the Republicans that are shrinking the dream.