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THE ISLAND SYNDROME

A Link Between Biology and Technology


The Island Syndrome

We live in a world full of richness and comfort, a world undreamed of by even our most recent ancestors. However, it is also a world in which (as you will see) we are continually betrayed by the very inventions and the very attitudes we created to make our lives easier.

Over the last generation we have, as a species, created tools and environments that, at times, are so contrary to our basic human needs it is common for many of us to spend a great deal of time living outside our biological comfort range. As I discussed in Part I, much of this is due to an over-abundance of junk communication, bad technology habits, and low-nutrient food.

Until our needs are met in a way that truly satisfies us, we will never be satiated.

It is a fact of human nature that, unless our needs are met in a way that truly satisfies us, we will never be satiated, and — at the same time — we will never stop trying to get what we want, even when we don't fully realize what we are doing or why. Unconsciously, we will find ourselves habituating to behaviors that result in a type of continual, deep, biological discontent.

The result is a constellation of symptoms I call the ISLAND SYNDROME: the mild, never-ending feelings of anxiety, depression, frustration, fatigue, despair, and isolation suffered unwittingly by so many people.



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THE ISLAND

A Link Between


Part I —  UNDERSTANDING THE
ISLAND SYNDROME
The Island Syndrome
1. What Is the Island Syndrome?
2. What's in the News?
3. Difficult Questions
4. Why the Nature of Communication...
5. No Man Is an Island
6. Putting a Name to the Malaise
7. The Lady and the Psychiatrist
Living in the Bubble
8. What's in the News?
9. The Three Mandatory Machines
10. Life in the Bubble
11. Why We Keep On Keeping On
12. The Lady and the Psychiatrist
The Importance of the Brain's Biochemical Environment
13. What's in the News?
14. The Story of Dave
15. Importance of Neurotransmitters
16. The Stuff of Moods, Feelings and...
17. What Does Dave Need?
18. The Lady and the Psychiatrist
Part II —  A LINK BETWEEN BIOLOGY
AND TECHNOLOGY
19. Introduction to Part II
20. The Island Syndrome
21. Excessive Text Messaging
22. Excessive Pornography Use
23. Understanding the Biology
24. Hormones and Neurotransmitters
25. The Pleasure Center
26. Too Much, Too Fast: Craving and...
27. The Female and Male Brains
28. Biology of Excessive Text Messaging
29. Biology of Excessive Pornography...
30. Conclusion: The Island Syndrome...
31. References