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!
© Charles Thibo