Dr Robert Lustig joined us in the studio to talk about his new book, The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains. Dr Lustig is a paediatric endocrinologist who is also author of the book Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity and Disease. He talks to us about how corporate interests have worked to keep us addicted to pleasure — and how our addictions have robbed us of happiness.
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What We Discussed:
- Dr Lustig’s viral video lecture: “Sugar: The Bitter Truth”
- The difference between happiness and pleasure, and why it matters
- The history of the word “hack”
- The difference between marketing and propaganda (and why it matters)
- Sam Harris and his study, The Neural Correlates of Religious and Nonreligious Beliefs
- Former Google product manager Tristan Harris and his 60 Minutes interview about how our phones are designed to keep us addicted
- Tristan Harris on PBS Newshour
- In Defence of Food, by Michael Pollan (here’s the movie)
- Harvey Kellogg and the invention of cereal
- The evils of Raisin Bran
- How the food industry manipulates us
- Why kids should never sleep with mobile devices in their room
- How to raise your serotonin levels
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