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Dopaminergic Aesthetics : The Frontal Cortex
The purpose of pleasure, then, is to make it easier for the pleasurable sensation - the delicious taste, the elegant idea, the desired object - to enter the crowded theater of consciousness, so that we'll go out and get it. That's why we've got a highway of nerves connecting the parts of the dopamine reward pathway - the nucleus accumbens, ventral striatum, etc - to the prefrontal cortex. (This also means that a well-turned phrase or pretty painting will be more likely to get stuck in working memory, since it's more rewarding. Aesthetics are really about attention.)
neurology  brain  science  drugs  pleasure  goals  happiness  hedonism  psychology  philosophy  aesthetics  neuroscience  dopamine  hormones  attention 
november 2009 by tsuomela
Sex Feels Good, And That's Why It Is Good | TPMCafe
Part of TPM Book Club on The Purity Myth by Jessica Valenti
"But I want to deal with the way that we're not helping ourselves when we talk about sex in terms of health consequences and inevitability, and avoid the harder discussion about why pleasure is far from shallow, but an important part of human life. Many people reject the purity myth, but still tend to view pleasure as an illegitimate way to spend time compared to working or engaging in some self-improvement project."
sex  gender  feminism  pleasure  punishment  culture  norms  behavior  psychology 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Findings - Oversaving, a Burden for Our Times -
“People feel guilty about hedonism right afterwards, but as time passes the guilt dissipates,” said Dr. Kivetz, a professor of marketing at the Columbia Business School. “At some point there’s a reversal, and what builds up is this wistful feeling of missing out on life’s pleasures.”
pleasure  money  morality  hedonism  regret 
march 2009 by tsuomela
Persephone's Box: On Being Happy and/or Good
I propose that what we find pleasurable, what makes us happy, is determined by the axis of two dispositions: conscience and drive. My argument on the relationship between virtue and happiness rests on the premise that where we are on the continuum of each is primarily innate.
philosophy  environment  behavior  incentives  values  psychology  pleasure 
january 2009 by tsuomela

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