The Science of Pleasure

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Why do people get pleasure from a panoramic view, a great symphony, our pets, or pornography?  Yale psychologist PAUL BLOOM studies why we enjoy and desire certain things.  In his new book, How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We Like, Bloom uses neuroscience, philosophy, behavioral economics, and child development to understand why were drawn to art, music, religion, food, and sex.   He tells Marty it’s partly a byproduct of our evolution.

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