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Meaning, Happiness and the Good Life • Cathal Woods Reading Questions on Happiness (4) Reading: Nettle Ch.3 Background: Although most humans are moderately satisfied, there is still some variation to be explained. Nettle starts out by looking at health and class and then turns to wealth (p. 72). The issue of the relationship of wealth to well-being gets us into the topic of adaptation and the hedonic treadmill. 1. Explain the difference between causation and correlation . (Nettle makes this point again on p. 81, this time with respect to marriage and happiness. Still, you might need to look this up on-line to get clear on it.) 2. What two possibilities are offered for the failure of big increases in wealth to bring big increases in well-being?
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Unformatted text preview: 3. In this course of this chapter Nettle mentions a variety of things, some of which we adapt to, some of which we do not. Which was most surprising to you, and why? Nettle next introduces the idea of "positional goods" as a potential explanation of adaptation. 4 . What is the evolutionary explanation for why we think in terms of positional goods? 5. Last time I asked you this question: Would you rather have $50,000 in a world where others have $25,000 or $100,000 in a world where others have $200,000? (i) Now try this one: Would you rather have two week's vacation (per year) in a world where others have one, or four weeks in a world where others have six? (ii) Based on your answer to (i), is leisure-time a positional good or not?...
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