Paul Bloom

The origins of pleasure

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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 · Psychologist

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

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