The Science of Pleasure: What we like, and what we don’t (and why) – Seminar (Premium Course)


June 9, 2020 – 5:30PM – 6:30PM – Zoom Room 1

Acclaimed Yale University psychology professor Paul Bloom discusses some surprising discoveries about pleasure and the good life. Why do we prefer original paintings to forgeries? Why does wine taste better when we think it’s expensive? And why do people pay millions of dollars for celebrity memorabilia? It turns out that there is a psychological theory that explains all of these quirks of pleasure, and it’s one that can actually help us improve our lives.

This unique new discussion group will be fascinating, wide-ranging, and really very fun. Dr. Bloom will talk about the pleasure (and pain) of raising children; explore the mysterious appeal of extremist groups like ISIS; and he explains why (unfortunately) we aren’t any happier now than we were in the 1950s.

NOTES: One Day University Members can save $40.00 USD on registration for this seminar by using code MEMBER at Checkout.  Zoom meeting information will be sent to all registered attendees prior to the beginning of class.

Paul Bloom / Yale University Paul Bloom is the Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Yale University. He has received numerous awards, including the Lex Hixon Prize for teaching excellence and the one million dollar 2017 Klaus J. Jacobs Prize for exceptional research into the minds of children. He is the author of five books, and has written extensively for popular audiences, including articles in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker.

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