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Paul Bloom:
The origins of pleasure

TEDGlobal 2011 · 16:17 · Filmed Jul 2011
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Paul Bloom: The origins of pleasure
16:17 · Filmed July 2011 at TEDGlobal 2011 · Subtitles available in 40 languages

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 explores some of the most puzzling aspects of human nature, including pleasure, religion, and morality. Full bio
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