• Psychology

    Dopamine For the Winners: How Our Mind’s Reward System Drives Political Ambition and Affects Civilization

    The effects of the brain’s neurochemistry on geopolitics and human interaction should be more subject to study and debate. It almost seems like a truism to state that our brains, and their fallibility, greatly affect human progress and societal advancement. But what is most striking in today’s culture, is the way in which our mind’s reward system is employed by society to encourage economic and political ambition, and to blunt the creative and critical mind. Dopamine as Neurotransmitter We all know the feeling: when we receive a present and can’t wait to open it, when we have a shot at a coveted promotion, or when we gather likes or support…