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The origins of pleasure

18 Jun 2014 Milad Moodi
Why do we like an original painting better than a forgery? Psychologist Paul Bloom argues that human beings are essentialists — that our beliefs about the history of an object change how we experience it, not simply as an illusion, but as a deep feature of what pleasure (and pain) is.

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Paul Bloom is the Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology & Cognitive Science at Yale University. Read more about him.

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assumption

 something that you think is true although you have no definite proof 

specific

 a specific thing, person, or group is one particular thing, person, or group

attribute

 if people in general attribute a particular statement, painting, piece of music etc to someone, they believe that person said it, painted it etc

empirical

based on scientific testing or practical experience, not on ideas 

ultimately

finally, after everything else has been done or considered

utility

the quality of being useful, or the degree to which something is useful

status

respect and importance that someone or something is given

inadequate

not good enough, big enough, skilled enough etc for a particular purpose

transform

to completely change the appearance, form, or character of something or someone, especially in a way that improves it

underlie

to be the cause of something, or be the basic thing from which something develops

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