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How Pleasure Works: The New Science Of Why We Like What We Like Hardcover – May 25 2010

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: WW Norton (May 25 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393066320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393066326
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.5 x 24.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #595,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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[A] book that is different from the slew already out there on the general subject of happiness. No advice here about how to become happier by organizing your closest; Bloom is after something deeper than the mere stuff of feeling good. — The New York Times Book Review

Engaging, evocative… Bloom, a professor of psychology at Yale, is a supple, clear writer, and his parade of counter-intuitive claims about pleasure is beguiling. — Michael Washburn (NPR)

Is there anyone who could resist a book about sex, food, art, and fun? Didn’t think so. This book is about all those things, but what turns it from a guilty pleasure into a guiltless one is its deep understanding of philosophy, developmental psychology, and evolutionary theory… How Pleasure Works should stoke your neurons into a frenzy and leave you wanting more. — Mary Carmichael (Newsweek.com)

Bloom covers food, sex and art at length and touches on much more in this accessible compendium of experiments, quotes, philosophical nuggets and anecdotes. Sigmund Freud, Mr. Pleasure Principle himself, would have approved. — Katy Steinmetz (Time)

Scholarly yet spy…. Bloom salts the book with all manner of pungent, apposite points…. A heartening, well-developed argument. — Kirkus Reviews

A gracefully written book and a lot of fun. — Peter D. Kramer (Slate)

Drawing on his own research as well as studies in neuroscience, behavioral economics, and philosophy, [Bloom] makes a powerful argument for essentialism at the crux of human pleasure. — Maywa Montenegro (Seed Magazine)

In this eloquent and provocative book, Paul Bloom takes us inside the paradoxes of pleasure, exploring everything from cannibalism to Picasso to IKEA furniture. The quirks of delight, it turns out, are a delightful way to learn about the human mind. — Jonah Lehrer, author of How We Decide

This book is not just a pleasure, but a revelation, by one of psychology’s deepest thinkers and best writers. Lucid and fascinating, you’ll want to read it slowly and savor the experience. — Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness

How Pleasure Works has one of the best discussions I’ve read of why art is pleasurable, why it matters to us, and why it moves us so. — Daniel Levitin, author of This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession

This book is a pearl, a work of great beauty and value, built up around a simple truth: that we are essentialists, tuned in to unseen order. — Jonathan Haidt, author of The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

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“This book is not just a pleasure, but a revelation, by one of psychology’s deepest thinkers and best writers. Lucid and fascinating, you’ll want to read it slowly and savor the experience.”—Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness

“Following the path of pleasure, Bloom leads us through a menagerie of human strangeness. By the end of the trip, the ‘magic inside us’ begins to make sense. This book is a pearl, a work of great beauty and value, built up around a simple truth: that we are essentialists, tuned-in to unseen order.”—Jonathan Haidt, author of The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

“Paul Bloom is among the deepest thinkers and clearest writers in the science of mind today. He has a knack for coming up with genuinely new insights about mental life—ones that you haven’t already read about or thought of—and making them seem second nature through vivid examples and lucid explanations.”—Steven Pinker, author of How the Mind Works

“How Pleasure Works has one of the best discussions I’ve read of why art is pleasurable, why it matters to us, and why it moves us so.”—Daniel Levitin, author of This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession

“In this eloquent and provocative book, Paul Bloom takes us inside the paradoxes of pleasure, exploring everything from cannibalism to Picasso to IKEA furniture. The quirks of delight, it turns out, are a delightful way to learn about the human mind.”—Jonah Lehrer, author of How We Decide|“This book is not just a pleasure, but a revelation, by one of psychology’s deepest thinkers and best writers. Lucid and fascinating, you’ll want to read it slowly and savor the experience.”—Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness“Following the path of pleasure, Bloom leads us through a menagerie of human strangeness. By the end of the trip, the ‘magic inside us’ begins to make sense. This book is a pearl, a work of great beauty and value, built up around a simple truth: that we are essentialists, tuned-in to unseen order.”—Jonathan Haidt, author of The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom“Paul Bloom is among the deepest thinkers and clearest writers in the science of mind today. He has a knack for coming up with genuinely new insights about mental life—ones that you haven’t already read about or thought of—and making them seem second nature through vivid examples and lucid explanations.”—Steven Pinker, author of How the Mind Works“How Pleasure Works has one of the best discussions I’ve read of why art is pleasurable, why it matters to us, and why it moves us so.”—Daniel Levitin, author of This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession“In this eloquent and provocative book, Paul Bloom takes us inside the paradoxes of pleasure, exploring everything from cannibalism to Picasso to IKEA furniture. The quirks of delight, it turns out, are a delightful way to learn about the human mind.”—Jonah Lehrer, author of How We Decide

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