Toothpaste Smiles: The Shocking Story of Epstein's Accomplice
Don’t be fooled by toothpaste smiles and virtue signals! Many of you may not know that Ghislaine Maxwell who was convicted as an accomplice of Jeffrey Epstein, the notorious sex slave trafficker of underage girls, was a guest of honor at The New York Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Children's 2013 Spring Luncheon at The Pierre Hotel in New York City1. This is what I mean by wearing “Masks” in the title of my book: Masks, Crutches, and Daggers: The Science of our Self-delusional, Addictive Homo economicus Brain (now ranked among Amazon’s Hot New Releases).
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In the book, I adopt a scientific systemic approach to demonstrate how feedback loops and conservation (balance) laws are the most fundamental rules in nature, from subatomic all the way to interstellar scale. Yet as a biopsychosocial species — to borrow the term popularized by psychiatrist George Engel — humans have mostly decoupled from nature and not bound, like other species, by symbiotic natural balances and metabolically-efficient feedback loops between their brain and body. Instead, we are now evolving primarily in response to human-made selection pressures, and adapting by using three behavioral tools: Camouflages and masks (what Carl Jung calls personas), gadgets to patch our trauma (crutches) and gimmicks and cunning mind games (daggers).
The tragic saga of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard is a prime example of how an economically-advantaged couple are plagued by their addiction to using masks, crutches (drugs) and daggers.
The book helps us understand, how our body and brain communicate, balance or burn out. The book is written in simple language and draws from several disciplines: neuroscience, evolution, biochemistry, psychology, economics, physics, philosophy, nutrition, and even mysticism. It quotes Rumi and other Persian mystics too. The author personally translates mystics quotes and poems from Persian to English.
The book is like a user manual and practical guide to how our body and brain balance each other through feedback loops controlled by several chemicals called hormones and neurotransmitters. It explains how various disorders and diseases (like addiction, depression, anxiety, diabetes, weight gain, dementia, sleep disorders, blood pressure, constipation, and infertility) are caused by broken feedback loops and why do these loops break so often and become self-reinforcing (addictive).