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Unformatted text preview: 1155 Meaning, Happiness and the Good Life Cathal Woods Reading Questions on Wanting and Liking Reading: Nettle Ch. 5 Background: In the last few classes we have been exploring the idea that unhappiness can be beneficial. We now turn to a related idea that happiness is not what we are designed for. 1. What happens to rats who are allowed to electrically stimulate their own brains? When rats are openly able to stimulate their own brain with an electrical current they do it all the time. They completely ignore anything around them and focus on just pressing the button. 2. Explain in your own words, the paragraph from p. 125-6 which argues that wanting and liking are distinct (i) in rats and (ii) in humans (for humans, see also p. 128) (i) In rats, there is a very distinct difference between the mechanism that wants things and the...
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