Dopamine, Richard Wagner, and the Love Death

“‘Tristan und Isolde’ is the central work of all music history, the hub of the wheel… I have spent my life since I first read it, trying to solve it. It is incredibly prophetic.”
- Leonard Bernstein

Richard Wagner in 1862, three years before the Tristan was first performed, and the chemical structure of Dopamine, Cäsar Willich+NEUROtiker, Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

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