There is only one universal value: pleasure, says new science research.
“Yup.” – me when I’m getting my lower back lightly touched, David Duchovny’s penis, and everyone on heroin.
Friendship, knowledge, health, and prosperity are all things most of us would call valuable. But why? What is value? Hedonism explains it all!
Philosopher David Brax posits that pleasure is the only thing that is valuable in itself. His theory, submitted in his dissertation at Lund University (??) and which is now heralded within the scientific community for some reason but I’m going with it, develops the hedonistic philosophical tradition, with roots in antiquity. Brax explains that he has investigated what value actually is, and he also develops a theory of his own regarding what pleasure is, in support of hedonism. I also hear he loves nerdy lady bloggers who are comfortable with their sexuality. And then I heard we might be going on a date this weekend. OH those wacky Internet rumors.
“If we want to understand what value is, we need to examine both how and why we value things. My theory is based on the observation that the pleasure system is central to these explanations. Why do we feel that friendship is valuable? Because friendship is so often associated with positive feelings. For many values the explanation is considerably more complicated, but their origin is the pleasure system,” explains Brax.
“Haircuts, listening to Rakim, finding a $100 bill, and making music that’ll bump for a thousand years are intrinsically valuable,” explains Blackalicious,
To which I will simply add HIT IT, NINA.
Nina Simone – “Feeling Good”
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