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Paul Bloom is Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Yale University and an author. People do strange things to feel pleasure. Eating spicy food, having rough sex, watching scary movies. On top of that, they make huge sacrifices to find meaning, lik...

Paul Bloom is Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Yale University and an author.

People do strange things to feel pleasure. Eating spicy food, having rough sex, watching scary movies. On top of that, they make huge sacrifices to find meaning, like having children or starting a business or training for a marathon. This suggests that perhaps there is more to living a good life than simple hedonistic pleasure.

Expect to learn the four ways that we enjoy suffering, how the sexual fantasies of men & women differ, the true red pill around whether more money will make you happier, what you can learn about mindfulness from a dominatrix, why people love to watch sad movies, how a life without discomfort will become hell and much more...

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00:00 Intro
03:51 How People Use Suffering to get Pleasure
13:14 Why We Love Scary Movies
25:04 What is the Ethics Paradox?
32:14 Why Suffering is Important for a Meaningful Life
39:37 The Relationship Between Meaning & Pleasure
54:12 How Wealth Affects Happiness
1:02:26 The Role of Sacrifice in Meaning
1:08:44 What is Compensatory Control?
1:15:48 How to Apply ‘The Sweet Spot’
1:17:06 Where to Find Paul

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