Re: Unbounded happiness. (was Re: Property rights)

From: Stathis Papaioannou (
Date: Tue Apr 22 2008 - 18:44:13 MDT

2008/4/23 Stuart Armstrong <>:

> We have other urges in us beyond the pursuit of happiness; are you
> really so confident that they will get sidelined? The happy people I
> know are more likely to do a lot of interesting and otherwise
> stimulating stuff, and it does seem that the happiness is a cause, not
> a consequence of that.

Given two choices, a person will always make the choice that increases
net happiness. Being happy already makes things more enjoyable and
makes us expect that future activities will be more enjoyable, while
being depressed has the opposite effect.

Stathis Papaioannou

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