Show Segment June 8, 2012
Marc Lewis, The Neuroscientist, On Marc Lewis, The Addict

Marc Lewis talks to George about his journey from boarding school student to hardcore drug addict to neuroscientist. Marc describes the role dopamine plays in the addict's obsession:

He's in the red chair tonight along with Carol Alt, along with a repeat of David Cronenberg and Robert Pattinson's interview and a musical performance from Patrick Watson.

Marc Lewis on dopamine:
There's some very powerful emotional appeal that's driving the manufacture of dopamine - a particular neurochemical -- which goes up to these circuits (in the brain) and says 'ok guys, it's time to get engaged and let's just do this. And after a while, after that cycle is repeated time after time, all the other goals people pursue -- friendship, love, food, sex -- they all sort of become meaningless.

Marc Lewis on his relationship with his first wife:
Yeah, that was not a good night...that was not a good night. That was actually the first night I stole something, I really actually stole something from a dwelling place -- stole to sell? -- no, stole to use.



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