[extropy-chat] Wireheading

Alex Ramonsky alex at ramonsky.com
Mon Oct 2 10:15:18 UTC 2006

If I understand you correctly, how do you prevent eventual downgrading 
of dopaminergic receptors? I used to get a tedious anhedonic period 
after a long creative squawk. I did one month's worth of selegiline, and 
it stopped being a problem. I'm still trying to figure out why. :  )

Anders Sandberg wrote:

>Life in dopaminergic overdrive is far more fun. I still remember the very
>enjoyable experience of being blissed out on opiates and some
>tranquilizers before going in for surgery many years ago, but it doesn't
>compare to the feeling of flow when you are up at 2 in the morning writing
>your academic masterpiece using every part of your mind. Flow/eudaimonia
>beats plain pleasure.
>Of course, we should be able to get that more if we can just stimulate the
>right motivation subsystems. Panksepp's SEEKING and PLAY systems look like
>a good place to start.
>And I feel fantastic
>And I never felt as good as how I do right now
>Except for maybe when I think of how I felt that day
>When I felt the way that I do right now, right now, right now.
>(Jonathan Coulton, I Feel Fantastic,
>http://www.jonathancoulton.com/lyrics/i-feel-fantastic )

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