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The Molecule of More: How a Single Chemical in Your Brain Drives Love, Sex, and Creativity--and Will Determine the Fate of the Human Race

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Dopamine is the chemical of desire that always asks for moremore stuff, more stimulation, and more surprises. In pursuit of these things, it is undeterred by emotion, fear, or morality. Dopamine is the source of our every urge, that little bit of biology that makes an ambitious business professional sacrifice everything in pursuit of success, or that drives a satisfied ...more
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Published August 14th 2018 by BenBella Books
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Bharath
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very interesting book on how just one chemical Dopamine influences so much of our behaviour. The undue influence Dopamine exerts is amazing considering the fraction the Dopamine circuit occupies in our brains. This is a well written book and very informative as well.

The crux of our behaviour boils down to two outlooks we humans have here & now matters (which the authors refer to as the H&N circuit) and the future (our desires and actions). Dopamine is largely what determines
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Megan Wight
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
The author lost a lot of credibility when he inflated the truth about Newton. He was trying to correlate psychosis and brilliance, which is a fair and fun thought but he failed to mention Newtons mercury exposure which precipitated Newtons insanity. The author would have let the unknown reader assume it validated his hypothesis. He stretched the truth and oversimplified to make readers believe dopamine was the contributing factor in many ailments when the truth is SO very complex and diverse. I ...more
Shelly
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Once I started reading The Molecule of More I couldnt put it down. I was engrossed. The book is both engaging and informative. The Molecule of More dives into dopamines role in human behavior in a comprehensive and captivating manner. Dopamine is a chemical that is never really satisfied. It eagerly waits in anticipation of more. It has little regard for morality, emotions, rationality or how much one already has, subsequently propelling us to chase more. sometimes for good and sometimes for not ...more
Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin
This book covers the magic molecule and neurotransmitter extraordinaire Dopamine. The saying getting there is half the fun. Well, the fun in getting there is dopamine. Dopamine is the anticipation of the hunt, the addiction, the pursuit in the pursuit of happiness. It is implicated in the anticipation of reward and drugs that activate this circuit can wreak havoc in destructive addictions. It is also involved in our abilities to find salience in certain ideas, sensations, and objects. If it goes ...more
Jade
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the most interesting non-fiction books that I've read so far. The Molecule of More is a combination of human behavior, psychology, and biology! I'm always interested in understanding human behavior and psychology, but this Daniel Lieberman blew my mind because he explains everything at DNA-level. Before this book, I know my personality and I am aware of the behavior patterns that I tend to take. After reading book, I don't only understand my patterns, but also understand WHY and WHAT is ...more
Alex
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A lot of text for the quantity of information it brings. All the infos can be found in Internet.
Stuart Borne
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this book early via NetGalley. This book has to be the authority on dopamine and how it influences human behavior for the mainstream public. Learning about the difference between dopamine and the here and now (H&N) molecules was eye opening. The difference being one (dopamine) is all about the future and is never satisfied, hence the name of the book, and the others (H&N) are all about being present and fulfilled in the moment. We need both to survive and thrive. The authors do a ...more
Ivana
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely paramount book to read if we are to understand the human condition.
Tim
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I first came across the authors of this book on the Speaking Of Psychology podcast and was intrigued enough by what they had to say that I decided to seek out and read their book. The titular molecule is dopamine, the so-called rockstar of neurotransmitters. This book examines the role dopamine plays in the life of people by not only concentrating on what it does but also by contrasting that with what a separate and adversarial group of neurotransmitters referred to collectively by the authors ...more
Estera Mihăilă
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Was going through the pages and was wondering what do I even represent as a human, beyond my hormones. It took a long time to read it because it's the type of content I would like to keep in and be aware of the processes within me when I react to things (not easy for my emotion-driven self). I'm not even sure how much I even like Dopamine at this point, I think it's threatening my happiness.
Do read it! Filled with examples and study cases, easy to understand yourself in the pages and clear
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Missy Leone
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really fascinating look at how dopamine influences us. I occasionally got lost with distinguishing between what the author calls "desire dopamine" versus "control dopamine", and all of the little ways dopamine influences us. But it was nice to see real world examples of dopamine deficit/excess and conditions such as schizophrenia, ADHD, bipolar and things such as creativity and genius. It was an e enjoyable, informative read.
Ardalan
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book reminded me again of how I should change my rating strategy at Goodreads. So, from now on I will include a new factor in my ratings: Being a transformative and life-altering experience! That is, if reading a book made a history in my life or not. I wouldn't give a book full 5 stars whatever interesting, informative and nice it was unless it arms me with a special tool to view the world and this book was definitely one of them.
I really believe this book is so much underrated
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Sarah
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I RARELY hand out five stars. I insist everyone stop what they are doing right now and go out and get it and read it. It makes life make so much sense. In a lot of ways I was prepared to read it. After substance abuse problems, mental health problems, the Trump crisis/political ideology split in our family and just general life musings about many things they cover the molecule in question- dopamine- and its mechanisms and operation explains a whole lot about human behavior. I have been reading ...more
Amanda (Books, Life and Everything Nice)
Thank you to NetGalley, BenBella Books, Daniel Z. Lieberman and Michael E. Long for an ebook copy for review. As always, an honest review from me.

I learned so much from this book. It was absolutely fascinating!

Weve all heard about dopamine. It interacts with the reward centers in the brain and explains why we keep seeking more and more. Even when were already happy. I learned even more about dopamine and the role it plays in so many more experience than I realized. From solving problems and
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Navneeth
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
A well written book that outlines the outsized role of Dopamine in shaping us. Forming both desire and control circuits, its role in human evolution as a determinant of behavioral patterns is well captured.

Contrasted with H&N, which focus on happiness, dopamine helps drive humans to look for more. Both are required in balance for harmony, and the author dwells on the dangers of imbalance, focusing more on the ill effects of dopamine going out of control.

Although all observations are backed
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Adriana
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the best nonfiction book I've read so far this year, and a great primer for its topic. Dr. Lieberman introduces us to neurochemistry in a lecture-style fashion, easing us in with anecdotes and simplifying the workings of the brain to explain just how much of our behavior and personality is deep-rooted in our chemical interactions. More specifically: why we live in a dopamine-driven society, and why that doesn't make us happy, both as individuals and as the human race.

Most of the
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Juli
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read2grow2019
The Molecule of More is an excellent, entertaining, and enlightening book.

Lieberman and Long discuss the ways in which our brains are at war within themselves largely between Dopamines urge for more/better and the Here and Now (H&N) chemicals, which include serotonin, oxytocin, endorphins (your brains version of morphine), and a class of chemicals called endocannabinoids (your brains version of marijuana), and seek to enjoy what is right in front of us.

Read my thoughts on each of the
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Dianna
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
A fascinating look at how dopamine fuels our brain and motivates us to do things, while looking at the way having a balanced brain can bring us more happiness and contentment.

Every time I'd pick up my phone while I read this, I'd think to myself, "Time for some dopamine," and when I'd sit down to read with one of my kids, I'd think, "Here and Now time." The ideas presented in this book definitely worked their ways into my daily life!
Suhail Khan
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's an easy to read, informative book. It tells as to how we are and a lot of things we do are driven by dopamine. It kind of mirrored who I am and told the biological reason of why I am like this.
Andreea Obreja
Very useful read! Recommended to everyone.
Harv
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This my favourite of the science books I have read recently. It is experiment and evidence based, built around a compelling narrative, and does not get willingly lost in jargonistic complexity.
Kristine
The Molecule of More by Daniel Z. Lieberman is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late July.

The molecule of the title is considered to be nature dopamine within the brain.  Lieberman thrusts readers right into the fray and offers good empathy and commonalty (rather than an overload of scientific/neurological terms) through the use of many parables and case study examples.
Dopamine is defined as surging in the reward pathways through the brain, firing in anticipation and receiving reward
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Saravana Sastha Kumar
Everything about this book is perfect but the great narrative got diluted in the last quarter of the book. Would have been a 5 with 30 odd pages less.
Nadiya
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great book about how chemical molecules in our brain, in particular dopamine, drives our life. Its excellently structured, well researched and very interesting. Highly recommended! ...more
Annette Jordan
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating book , written in a clear, concise style designed to appeal to all readers regardless of their background or pre-existing knowledge of the topic.
Dopamine is a truly fascinating chemical , produced by our own bodies, it is involved in many things ranging from sexual attraction to drug addiction, as well as creativity and mental illness. As the author says " Our dopamine circuits are what make us human. They are what give our species its special power. We think. We plan. We imagine.
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GONZA
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a very interesting book about dopamine and all the different ways it affects our brain and so our behavior also. Many of the things written here are already well known, and not only to me, but there where some interesting connections made by the author between dopamine and personality, and then creativity and genius that were particularly illuminating. The best thing is that the book is easily written and gives a lot of examples.

Questo é un libro molto interessante che parla di dopamina
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Stuart Borne
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book has to be the authority on dopamine and how it influences human behavior for the mainstream public. Learning about the difference between dopamine and the here and now (H&N) molecules was eye opening. The difference being one (dopamine) is all about the future and is never satisfied, hence the name of the book, and the others (H&N) are all about being present and fulfilled in the moment. We need both to survive and thrive. The authors do a great job of giving practical stories ...more
Alexandra Chira
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is way more than it seems. It offers insight intro the human brain and into what makes us want thing, how longing for sensations or feelings can bring us to the brink of dependency and many more. Fascinating lecture that teaches us a lot more about how to manage our wishes, dreams and aspirations.
Mama K
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting, accessible study of the link between dopamine and behavior.
Favorite chapters were on Creativity and Politics.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Stephen Douglas Rowland
Feb 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
The topic is interesting, but apparently the author roped in a fucking Hollywood screenwriter to dumb the material down as much as possible. "Pop science" at its worst. If you're stupid, you'll probably dig it. It's as if Guy Fieri wrote a book on neuroscience.
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Daniel Z. Lieberman, M.D. is professor and vice chair for clinical affairs in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at George Washington University. Dr. Lieberman is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a recipient of the Caron Foundation Research Award, and he has published over 50 scientific reports on behavioral science. He has provided insight on ...more

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