This is a tough question. Technology can certainly improve the length and quality of peoples' lives. However, the benefits are somewhat unevenly distributed. Middle class citizens in America may be benefiting from the same technology that is causing hardship and poverty for workers in a sweatshop in China.
I'm also not convinced that a permanent, unchanging state of happiness is necessarily the ultimate goal for the human condition. Do we really need to be happy every single second? Would it be so bad to just settle for peace of mind? What if hard physical labor makes you happy, like it does for long distance athletes?
Gilbert's discussion about artificial happiness also seems somewhat off the mark. There are drugs already that do that, but in most countries they are illegal.
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The Canadian professor has an extensive collection posted on his site.
- Peterson's Great Books list features classics by Orwell, Jung, Huxley, and Dostoevsky.
- Categories include literature, neuroscience, religion, and systems analysis.
Evolution doesn't clean up after itself very well.
- An evolutionary biologist got people swapping ideas about our lingering vestigia.
- Basically, this is the stuff that served some evolutionary purpose at some point, but now is kind of, well, extra.
- Here are the six traits that inaugurated the fun.
Despite incredible economic growth, it is not necessarily an investor's paradise.
- China's stock market is just 27 years old. It's economy has grown 30x over that time.
- Imagine if you had invested early and gotten in on the ground floor.
- Actually, you would have lost money. Here's how that's possible.
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