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For reflections on my personal reasons for blocking the web, please see my blog post Choosing an internet-blocked daily routine
A reptile brain sits deep within us. How much of our behaviour comes from primal instinct?
A classic experiment into drug addiction science. Would rats choose to take drugs if given a stimulating environment and social company?
What happens when you introduce 29 reindeer to an isolated island of untouched natural resources?
I love your work, and regularly use Rat Park in the classes I teach as my area of expertise is drugs and addiction. I just read your short reptile brain piece, and I think you are capturing a concept that too many of us struggle with quietly or in secret. On a personal note, I would love to know how you block your internet use until 4pm, ie what you use to do that. On a more technical note, I am a bit worried that you used what appears to be the cerebellum to characterize the reptilean brain. Although that part of the brain is old, it is mostly involved in movement and coordination. My research actually fully supports the point you are making but we tend to think of this old impulsive part of the brain as subcortical, but not cerebellar. In our case we argue that it is in part the mesolimbic dopamine system and is involved in 'wanting', which is distinct from traditional wanting, that instead involves our more rational plans and goals. Our primal 'wanting' system is what becomes sensitized in addiction and makes those urges compulsive and overpowers our rational mind.
Anyway, not sure if my rantings are of much use, but I thought I would share and again thank you for Rat Park and your amazing work.