Interlude: Mozart’s father and the dopamine issue

This is what the formula of dopamine looks like in the chemistry book. It’s commonly called “the happiness hormone”. It is produced by the brain and transmits a signal between two nerve cells. Not any signal, no, it plays a major role in reward-motivated behavior. The anticipation of most types of rewards increases the level of dopamine in the brain.

Me expecting you to click on a “Like” button is such an anticipation of reward. You will notice that I have disabled this function, meant to track you and to trick me, as of today. Having a surge of dopamine through your click made you and me part of an opaque social experiment aiming at manipulating us. It exploits a psychological weakness and creates a kind of addiction that I find stupid and dangerous. No more! Be unpredictable like a cat as Jaron Lanier writes in his timely book “Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now”. Write a comment! Send me an email! Communicate! I value your ideas and a comment is so much more personal than an avatar at the bottom of my post.

I hope you can understand this initiative of mine. It’s about privacy and about self-determination, two important values. This said, I just realized that hormones rime with trombones. Mozart’s father Leopold (1719-1787) wrote a lovely Serenade for Trumpet, Trombone and String Orchestra in D major, LMV VIII:9. Nine dopamine releasing movements! And a rarity with that. The serenade is the only one of some thirty he composed that survives. It has been recorded by the Orchestre de Chambre National de Toulouse. I like!

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