Friday, January 18, 2008

A science of happiness?

Yes indeed. Some researchers and two authors whose works are reviewed here are trying to work out what makes humans happy. It strikes me that dissecting something as complex and amorphous as human happiness is akin to dissecting a frog in high school biology: you don't learn anything useful, and the frog dies. Still, it's a fascinating subject to ponder, even when a supposedly intelligent human being complains in a book that America has "eliminated melancholia" and the supposed creative genius that arises from it.

Thanks to Kris Winkler for this item.

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