An Interview with Gary Wilson – “This is Your Brain on Porn” – #190

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Today Gary Wilson joins the Gnostic Media podcast, and this episode is titled “This is your Brain On Porn”. This episode is being released on Sunday, January 14, 2014, and was recorded today.

Gary Wilson is the presenter of the popular TEDx talk “The Great Porn Experiment” and host of the website “Your Brain On Porn,” which was created for those seeking to understand and reverse compulsive porn use: http://yourbrainonporn.com. He taught anatomy and physiology for years and has long been interested in the neurochemistry of addiction, mating and bonding.

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  25 comments for “An Interview with Gary Wilson – “This is Your Brain on Porn” – #190

  1. Curtis Ingram
    January 25, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Bull shit Jan. I love you to death, but ya guests…LOL Let’s get back to the real Trivium. Straight guys do nothing gay. NOTHING! Gay guys always wanna say they can convert 80/85% of the population. They can’t. Its unnatural to the STRAIGHT WORLD. LOL If a straight guy does a gay act…he’s simply gay. Period. They want to convince us that its normal. It’s not. And this guy is trying to explain their unnatural sexual acts is do to some media manipulation. The Gay ass Romans and Greeks didn’t have the internet. LOL Specifically, lesbians are not necessarily gay or abnormal. Reason being, they are doing nothing a man couldn’t do to the same woman. They are just taking on the role of a man…a natural act. Plus men are dickheads and a lot of woman are tired of it and run to the same sex. LOL But Gay men desiring to be penetrated…LOL is completely abnormal to nature. Even men desiring to anally penetrate a men (to include blow jobs LOL)…one word, Gay! Straight men do not get penetrated nor do a straight man ever desire to penetrate another man, despite how much porn he watches…LOL And definitely not because they are bored. LOL If someone enjoys that, they are sick or outside of nature for whatever reason…usually because of abuse. So please…I promise I’ll start donating if we can really get back to: Who? What? When? Where? then Why? and How? (Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric) Just an opinion from the peanut gallery. Thanks Curtis

    • Curtis Ingram
      January 25, 2014 at 11:58 am

      Also…WHERE THE HELL IS GENE ODENING? LOL

      • January 26, 2014 at 4:32 pm

        Exactly! Where is he? Why are you avoiding all the data, and not using the trivium here? If you’re a hard core porn user, I get it. But the data is there. Try to be objective.

        • Curtis Ingram
          January 30, 2014 at 12:30 pm

          Jan, stop. Just because I disagree (and I HAVE looked at the pseudo data) doesn’t mean there is an absence of the Trivium. LOL. Calling me a porn guy is sort of not fair. I’m not. I love real sex with a real woman. LOL That’s a falacy in itself. Much of what he stated was speculative, and you of all people should know that. Anyway I didn’t want to get in a debate with you, but we could…this is one that isn’t ya best. And by the way I do complement as much as I criticize…based on my usage of the Trivium. See your latest podcast. Later. SMH LOL

      • el
        January 30, 2014 at 8:32 am

        my guess is studying the Kabbala, which contains a goodly amount of sexual education in itself!

    • January 26, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      It sounds like you’ve confused and conflated the entire show. Listen again, without your preconceived conclusions attached. Please also see the Karen of Girl Writes What interview. Obviously it’s abnormal to nature, but your comments are irregardless of the facts of what porn does the the brain and seeking new reward via dopamine. thanks.

      • Curtis Ingram
        January 30, 2014 at 12:48 pm

        I promise I’ll dig more to see what you see. But using simplicity and asking comprehensive questions, this assumption doesn’t seem to be backed much by real trials nor universal with most people. Yes I agree that sex is trendy and porn assists in promoting that trend. But…LOL his assertions do not seem to be universally true which is the purpose of your show I believe. Now when that something is sometimes true that alone makes it suspicious to me. You and your followers (including me) want the truth not speculation. Isn’t this why we all need to return to critical thinking and less reliance on the so called experts? More grammar is needed on this topic (in my humble opinion) before we can say its true and that its universal.

      • Andrew
        January 31, 2014 at 12:11 am

        “ir – regardless”?

    • el
      January 30, 2014 at 8:30 am

      i too, thought the idea of most hardcore porn, gay porn specifically-being consumed by heteros more than homos was absurd. But since homos make up a very small minority of the whole (consumer base), it would make sense that gay porn is actually made with that consumer group in mind, and any “gay” dollars earned is just extra “cream” lol.

      In my hometown i know of at least one man who will pay you 5000.00 for a weekend of filming you being gay. He apparently is not a gay man. So the genera has its followers.

      Key thing here is most heteros WILL NEVER do the things they are watching….and thats very appealing. Gay friends i have surf and surf until they find JUST the right movie–and then they get quickly tired of it. they’ve been there done that. they are not easily impressed and make poor consumers of gay porn. True story!

      But its ART, RIIIGHT? Were so liberated in our shmessh-schmess progressive schmesh free blah-blah neo society…..

      • forky
        February 3, 2014 at 3:18 pm

        Hi el,

        You have a lot of thoughtful ideas. Are you that girl from Oregon who gave me some tips on growing tobacco? You shore talk like her haha. If it’s you, I’m real happy to see your chatty chat again :) If it’s not, I still appreciate your comments. I’m the same way as the gays but with hetero porn. I’m pretty sure the hetero porn has a larger selection though.

        I don’t watch gay porn but I did download a couple scenes from a movie called “Strap-on Bitches”, where the girls do the guys haha. I just wanted to see what it looked like but I couldn’t really watch it. It was way gross looking and funny at the same time. The guys didn’t really look like they were enjoying it haha. I don’t watch porn to have something to laugh about but sometimes it really is funny and sometimes it’s meant to be funny. Before very long as the scenes progressed, I would ask myself “WHY are you looking at this?!”, and turn it off.

        I could see why a woman would want to have sex and share an orgasm with another woman because I want to do that with a woman too. I mean, women are sexy and visually hot looking. Some porn chicks are so so beautiful. Any gay porn I ever ran across is really ugly and cheesy, like no glamor and the actors don’t even look like they’re feeling it.

        I think gay people are freaky – and too proud of that freakyness as well. Someday soon gay activists will be demanding public restrooms for gays and gay parking zones haha. But don’t mistake me for a “gaybasher”. They’re just kind of faggy and creepy to me.

        By the way Curtis, this isn’t meant as a slam but it seems to me that your lack of experience with porn and jacking off would limit your understanding of some of these ideas that you’re protesting. I could relate to what Jan’s guest was explaining. It’s about the dopamine rush. It’s like the junkie stealing Ma’s silverware. He doesn’t wanna do it but he does want the dopamine. At least that’s what I got from the interview.

        Good wishes to all,

        Forky

        • el
          February 22, 2014 at 11:46 am

          Well maybe. I’d i meet u on chatango?

  2. jason butler
    January 25, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Enjoyed listening to this interview Jan. The degradation of society through music and art you’ve recently covered seems to have been leading to this murkiest of areas. After looking into Gary’s website and looking at the scientific evidence there, it troubles me that so many youngsters are now susceptible to this shit that wasn’t around when I was young. Thankfully Gary and many others are now bringing main stream attention to the issue. Positive education and empathy rather than scorn being the answer.

  3. el
    January 30, 2014 at 8:53 am

    one could claim addiction to orgasms based on the description of what an addiction is.

    So when is an orgasm just a dopamine release? When it becomes an addiction? And does there need to be external stimulation from pornographic media for it to be considered a problem?

    Yes of course this is bad for youngsters! However, I don’t think the problem of porn is really the problem. Problem is a lack of parental guidance, self education about ones own body,and morality. I say this because–at one time, in our culture–even showing more than your calf muscle under your dress was considered slutty….and back then there was less “porn”–so is the real issue that there is “not enough morality”? instead of “too much porn”?

    …..and seems like its always men who get the final say on what is, and what isn’t–”pornographic”! Take this podcast for example. Its already been agreed apon that “what is pornographic?” does not really have a definite meaning because its purely speculative.

    i make glass dildos for profit so maybe I’m just bias.

  4. forky
    January 31, 2014 at 3:41 am

    Dear Jan,

    As I write this message I am jacking off. Just kidding. Thank you for another fascinating podcast. I’ve been visiting your website for about a year now and I think you’re a true genius. I really appreciate the work you’re doing and I promise to purchase some of your research services in the very near future, as soon as I can. Soon…

    I bought one of them rubber pussies last week and I used it for the first time the day before I saw this show posted here, so it was kind of a timely event. This topic made me finally register on your site because this is something I have some experience with and I really got a lot out of your discussion. To be fair, I would have to say the rubber pussy is kind of cool. It feels sort of life-like and it’s easy to clean haha.

    Well, I found my dad’s Playboys when I was 6 or 7 and I was jacking off at an early age. I noticed throughout my lifetime how the porn industry has evolved – and how I became more deeply consumed in it as time passed. There are a lot of things about it that I never liked but I did my best to avoid that stuff. Now I’m registered at a couple of webcam sites for a number of years and I’ve actually made some good friendships there. It’s like this whole new culture of masturbators has emerged, the girls and the guys who visit their “rooms”. From my experience I can tell you that for the most part as a group, they’re good people. The girls get rich, the guys get off and everybody is happy. To be honest, it’s a very fun place to be.

    I understand the point of your show and I found it very educational. It really made me think more carefully about what makes me want to jack off all the time. Learning about the mind-control aspect of the porn world has made me a bit wary of the “escape” feeling I get from it. I admit that seeing it go more mainstream is kind of disturbing to me. I find it quite disgusting to see all the softcore stuff they show increasingly on primetime network TV, not that I watch any of that crap. I’m trying to beat off less now and take control over my libido.

    I guess what I’m saying is that I’ve come to accept that I’ve become a porn addict and I don’t want to be that. The thing is, we are sexual creatures. The urge is one of our most basic instincts. We can’t really get rid of porn but we can cut it down to size by increasing our understanding of it and how it affects our biology. You and your guest have been a great help in doing that. However, I did think that you guys came off as being a little more condemning of porn than you had to be. Just my opinion but the discussion seemed to be a bit one-sided, like good versus evil. You said it’s not a natural act or whatever but I remember reading somewhere (long ago) that some animals masturbate at times. Sorry I don’t have a reference for that. I suppose that doesn’t necessarily make it “natural”. I would ask, how could we all be conned into doing something like this if we don’t have a natural instinct for it?

    I have one more related question that I don’t think was mentioned during your podcast. I’ve heard you say on occasion that Wilhelm Reich was connected to Kinsey in some way. Can you give me some references for that? I did a little bit of reading on Reich some years ago and I always thought of him as a good guy. He was persecuted by his peers and I read that he was the first person in U.S. history to have his books and other documents burned by the government. He died in jail of “heart failure” during a two year sentence. He was sent to prison for claiming that one of his devises (the Orgone Accumulator) was “a cure for cancer”. He was also said to be the first man to make it rain by synthetic means – by seeding the clouds with dry ice. So I would really like to know what kind of association he had with child molester Kinsey.

    Thanks for everything. You are a cool dude.

    Forky

    • john cokos
      February 5, 2014 at 7:48 am

      Wilhelm Reich: If my memory serves me right, he descended into madness towards the end of his life and was committed to a Mental Institution. He was just a con artist who had a good run publishing his phys-co babel . Right up there with L. Ron and and of course Jan’s favorite taboo subject The Russian Witch of the East Ayn Rand.

  5. john cokos
    February 3, 2014 at 9:39 am

    To add a little levity to a subject that seems to be generating a little heat “could I view porn just till I need reading Glasses?” I don’t want to make a complete break as of yet….

  6. Jason
    February 4, 2014 at 7:24 am

    Great interview Jan. Thank you. Very informative- a good example of how good information can change someone’s behaviour for the better. Three days since I stopped and feeling better already.

  7. John Richards
    February 5, 2014 at 6:19 am

    This is an excellent podcast, Gary Wilson expresses my sentiments exactly, i have always seen a huge problem with the way that pornography damages the minds of our children, made oh so much worse by the scourge of internet pornography.

    I wonder what the podcasters think of this citation – http://witchwind.wordpress.com/2013/12/15/piv-is-always-rape-ok/ sex = rape

    • el
      February 22, 2014 at 11:47 am

      Yes,that woman is bat shit crazy.

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