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lecture20 - Life Science 15: Concepts and Issues Lecture...

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Life Science 15: Concepts and Issues Lecture 20: Culture at its best? Technology’s influence on our biology 3/15/12 I. Finding and creating happiness II. The Naturalistic fallacy What is the nature of happiness? Emotions: Jealousy Anger Desire Guilt Happiness Where do they come from? What is their purpose? They alter our behavior in ways beneficial to our genes. Being rich doesn’t make us happier. Level of well being does not increase with annual income. If money makes us happy where should suicide rates be highest and lowest? Are they? Highest: poor Lowest: rich This is wrong: there is actually an inverse correlation. Do industrialized societies create the desire for material belongings? No. Acquisitive desires exist cross-culturally. Happiness is a tool our genes use to induce us toward behaviors benefiting them. We imagine that achieving our goals will make us happy. In actuality, it is making progress towards them that makes us happy. Why do our genes only care about improvement, rather than absolute levels of
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