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On Dopaminergic Puritanism and the Moral Message of "Neutral" Neuroscience

I meant to just infodump into a camera about this stuff I’ve been reading, but I accidentally spent an entire week making a video essay!

Dopamine Nation was a New York Times bestseller last year, but when I read it, I was immediately smacked in the face with conservative ideas about sex and drugs presented as neutral, neuroscientific health advice.

But the thing is, health isn’t morally or politically neutral at all. Religious organizations have been using “The Science” to push their abstinence agenda for decades now, and a couple of Stanford professors are preaching a new brand of dopaminergic puritanism that has found an audience in both the manosphere and the church.

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Jesse Meadows