The Hacking Of The American Mind

Submitted by: squrlz4ever 3 weeks ago in Science


Dr. Robert Lustig, one of the more profound thinkers in the field of medicine today, describes what ails us.
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Male 5,027
I'm disappointed this didn't get more views. This video is so worth the half hour.
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Male 4,950
markust123 Well, I'm hoping a handful of IAB'ers, beyond the few who have commented, have gotten something out of it. I provided a short summary of the main points in an earlier comment--but there is so much more to this video, such as Lustig's comments about dopamine and serotonin.
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Male 287
The part of connect is aimed at extroverted people (then again extroverts tend to make the assumptions that what they need is what everyone needs). 

I get stressed, annoyed and the opposite of content when I have to deal with people. I feel much more calm and content when my surrounding is void of these distractions.

Same with the part of cooking, another old-fashioned idea based around the needs of extroverts, as always.

While most of the rest is correct, and it's a good message, it's not exactly new.
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Male 4,950
The video is longish (32 minutes), but I promise it's worth it. Lustig's insights may lead you to reevaluate your priorities.

SUMMARY
Lustig says happiness can be increased by focusing on the 4 C's: CONNECT (interact face-to-face with fellow humans and squirrels--okay, I added the squirrel part); CONTRIBUTE (give back to your communities, e.g., family, work, neighborhood); COPE (to improve serotonin levels, get better sleep, avoid multitasking, and exercise); and COOK (eat real food and avoid highly processed food as much as possible). 

To succeed in these four areas, Lustig argues, you will have to resist the enticements of corporations, many of which promote skewed values and addictive products that tend to decrease happiness (e.g., iPhones, highly processed food, tobacco, Facebook, porn, and the shop-'til-you-drop mentality).
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Male 5,027
squrlz4ever I love listening to incredibly intelligent people. His talk was so powerful and eye opening it will change my life in certain ways. I hope everyone watches this. It is not partisan - he states clearly that Obamacare is not working. His message is only about his topic of study not politics.  

But speaking of politics I wish he had talked about partisan politics and how people allow themselves to be manipulated. This site is a clear example of how the left and the right are brainwashed (hacked as he says) by partisan political sites to spew the stupidest garbage. Each side can clearly see the lies the other side is repeating, and that is because they are not being fed those same lies, but at the same time they don't see the lies that they themselves are being fed, because their lies have become truth through repetition. But it gets worse because each side is made to believe that the truth from the other side are actually lies. So you are brainwashed to believe lies as truth, and then brainwashed again to believe truth as lies. It's crazy. When I finally figured this out I gave up partisan media, and I became happier - noticeably happier. This is why I push so hard for others to give it up. But it's hard. I hold onto the last remnants of it here on IAB. It's the only place I go for the partisan politics. But even as careful as I am to avoid it in the rest of my life, partisan politics is unavoidable. You just have to be aware at all times of what you are looking at and reading. But I know from experience that when you rid your life of the partisan us-against-them sites you will become happier. It's unavoidable.
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Male 5,475
markust123 interesting testimony. You too see the western media delusions at work.
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Male 4,950
markust123 I'm so glad you liked this, Markus. I think Lustig is brilliant. One of the takeaways from his talk here, for me, is that anyone who just goes with the flow in a capitalist society is likely to wind up deeply unhappy. It's important to recognize that corporate profits are generated more by pleasure than by actual happiness; ergo, corporations have an incentive to encourage behaviors that are likely to lead, ultimately, to unhappiness and even depression.

Traditionally, one of the few things in American life that has tried to emphasize happiness over pleasure has been religion, but with the decline of religion, I'm not sure what secular counterbalance exists to these corporate forces.

Interesting thoughts on your part regarding partisan politics. You may really be onto something. I'm still processing your ideas here. It certainly does seem that partisan politics seem to trigger some kind of addictive response that compounds the extremism and, ultimately, leads to unhappiness.
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