Update – variable rewards and dopamine

After a couple of weeks break I’ve done a little bit more work on the site. I have been doing some writing on variable rewards (which I think are extremely powerful) and dopamine (extremely interesting and constantly evolving area of research).

There has been a huge amount of pressure and attention on big tech companies lately, particularly Facebook as Mark Zuckerberg testified before congress. Most of the conversation has been around the meta-effects of these tech companies on societies, countries and even democracy itself!

While I think those are all valid issues, most of my focus is on the effect of the attention economy on individuals and how they can fight back. It would be interesting in the future to take a look at some of the larger systemic effects but I already have a large enough backlog of reading and writing to get through as it is!


I’m just starting to put this together. I’m keeping it pretty basic, using WordPress’ 2016 theme with a few customisations. I’ve got a pretty large list of material I want to read, distill and write about – my aim is to slowly work through this and update the site as I go.

This is intended to be a record of my own learning. I find that writing things down helps me absorb and retain lessons better. I’m publishing this because I think it may prove useful to other people at some stage and as a way to keep me motivated.