Nate Hagens on "The Reality Report" with Jason Bradford at Noon EST

Nate and Jason will be discussing the demand/consumption side of peak oil, focusing on habituation, addiction and their impacts on our energy situation.

(Some slides discussed below fold) (you can listen live by clicking on upper right 'listen live')

Will there be a link to the competed program?

Yes,in a week or so, though based on what popped out of my mouth...jack rabbit vibrators, Jugs magazine, etc... not sure I want it posted it where my mother can hear it...;)

Yeah, got a really good look inside Nate's head on this one. His addictions laid bare. Wow!

Hard to predict how quickly it gets up, but usually within a couple of weeks.

I missed this show, again.

I also missed Nate on your show a few weeks ago.

I looked in the archives just now and STILL didn't see the last one listed.

Maybe you could be a squeaky wheel and get these archives updated?

Thanks in advance for you effort(s).

I think this is the last one:

I should point out that on the last one - discussing banking system etc, I made a mistake - I said under Bretton Woods there were $35 in gold backing each dollar in the system, which clearly is impossible!! (It was one of those moments, letting the dog in, when my brain went on autopilot and my mouth kept moving...I wonder how often that happens to all of us...)

In any case, it was grains of gold that used to back US Dollar before it became fiat currency (backed by promise, though there still IS gold in Ft Knox we hope). I've emailed GPM to make a note on the transcript.

(I may email them and ask to NOT make a transcript of this one...;)

The frame isn't wide enough to show your excerpt, on my computer anyway (22 inch monitor). I have to drag the images onto another tab to see them in full.

Addicted to good web design,
What was that about Jugs?
Merry XMas,

High Fuel prices force an airline into bankruptcy.

Speaking of addiction, most airlines are addicted to bankruptcy, they go in and out of it like....well, I will leave that there....

By the way, Nate, fix that chart....the number of people addicted to food should be over 6 billion shouldn't it...?


good point, though I think Time magazine was using more of a 'clinical' definition of addiction.

But if youre right, if I dont eat for a couple days, I'd probably do whatever a cocaine addict does to get my fix!!!
(and I'm a big'un)

With 17 years of sobriety I found this quite


This idea is based on a new understanding of dopamine, the brain chemical involved in motivation, pleasure and learning. Because addictive drugs like cocaine and nicotine cause a flood of dopamine in the brain, researchers once thought that the neurochemical was a simple pleasure switch, the body's own "reward" button. Yet something didn't add up. If dopamine delivers the pleasure message, addicts should be in a continual state of bliss—but most of them get very little pleasure from the drug, despite the surge of neurochemicals. "I've seen hundreds of addicted people, and never have I come across one who wanted to be addicted," says Volkow. As she began doing brain-imaging studies with drug addicts, that contradiction
haunted her.

Nice article and corresponds with much of what we discussed. Dopamine is about risk taking, novelty, deciding what to pay attention to, and can often be cued by whatever environmental stimuli are associated with basic rewards such as food and sex. The human animal evolved to seek out patterns in the environment that predicted rewards, hence dopamine can be associated with puzzle solving itself.

The mesolimbic reward system, and its messenger dopamine, are about 'wanting' not 'having'. That in one simple nutshell encapsulates the human dilemma. We perpetually want more. This much is in the genes. How we define more is cultural, both in the options our institutions and governments give, and allow.

That is really interesting. Not least because it explains why some people are so much more vulnerable to addiction than others.

FWIW, I have never found drugs appealing. I don't even drink; I've tried it, but I just don't see the appeal. And, like the researcher in the article, I generally don't want more. I'd go so far as to say I want less. Less stimulation, that is - I find real life plenty stimulating, maybe over-stimulating. (I was one of those kids who cried when a stranger came to the house.)