Why do we like an original painting better than a forgery? Psychologist Paul Bloom argues that human beings are essentialists — that our beliefs about the history of an object change how we experience it, not simply as an illusion, but as a deep feature of what pleasure (and pain) is.

Paul Bloom studies our common-sense understanding of the world — how we know what we know, why we like what we like. Full bio »

” We don’t just respond to things as we see them, or feel them, or hear them. Rather, our response is conditioned on our beliefs, about what they really are, what they came from, what they’re made of, what their hidden nature is.” Paul Bloom

TED Talks  Paul Bloom: The origins of pleasure

The importance of deep pleasure: Q&A with Paul Bloom

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