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The Good Life IUF1000 Week 2 Notes

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The Good Life IUF1000 Week 2 Notes IUF1000

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IUF 100 Week 2  May We Not Die Unlived Lives­ Dawna Markova •  Unlived lives: Our hearts should be wings, torches, promises. We should give to  those after us. This poem is talking about living life to the fullest, accepting everything as it comes, and be nonjudgemental and empathetic All That & More: The True Purposes of College­ President Bernie Machen •     Machen’s three purposes on college:  1) Self Discovery. College remains the single­best opportunity for you to explore  who you are and your purpose in life.   2) Career. College is the best place to begin your career. Part of your job in college  is to graduate with the ability to get a job.  3) Contribution. College is the best time for you to think beyond your own lives and  careers to contributing to the larger world. Six Myths about the Good Life ­ Joel Kupperman •     Hedonism: emphasis is placed more on avoiding suffering than gaining and  augmenting pleasure. ­pursuing life to maximize your pleasure rather than meaning •     Hedonic treadmill: Once you get used to feeling many pleasures, it will take more  to please you and vice versa. Running hard on a treadmill but getting nowhere.  Based on positive psychology in that your overall happiness isn't affected by tragic  events. The hedonic treadmill is a much better way to go about life. To know that  trying to get pleasure only makes it more difficult will help you live happier. ­we become immune to pleasure over time and begin to adapt and begin to  continuously try to reach pleasure •    Flow: Mihaly’s model of flow relates to challenge and ability; The mental state of  operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of  1 IUF 100 energized focus, full involvement, an enjoyment in the process of the activity. An  individual is completely focused on motivation. Positive psychology zone, is the  mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is is fully immersed  in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the  activity. •     Buddhist argument on pleasure: Pleasure cannot be a really important element in  the good life, it costs too much and is less satisfactory than joy. Pleasure has an  object, something you are experiencing. Ex. chipotle burrito could be pleasure but it  isn’t important and doesn’t serve meaning to your life. Pleasure can detract from you  having a good life, it may not be in our best interests and could potentially feel worse  about yourself.  •     Importance of beginnings and endings: Humans place more emphasis on the  beginnings and endings of events because they hold more meaning in our lives.  When remembering how bad a painful experience is, we tend to focus on how it  began and ended rather than its duration. This allows us to realize that the strive for  more and more pleasure relies on entire temperament rather then specific  pleasurable moments. ­TED Talk: Patient A vs Patient B colonoscopy. Patient B physically  suffered worse than A but A remembered it distinctively worse than B because the pain  peaked at the end while B’s did not. •     Eudaimonia: Created by ancient philosophers to roughly mean "happiness". It was  like you were possessed by a "demon", this happiness that people looked up to. You  can only reach this happiness by doing things that are fulfilling and skillful. While you  cannot always achieve this great happiness by always doing things, it is important for  you life to try and do things that make you feel fulfilled and accomplished. •     Experience vs. memory happiness: We put a lot on beginnings and end of these,  and looking back on things we change them. If there is slightly less pain towards the  end, we look at the whole event as less bad. We like retelling events so a lot of the  times we do things just so they sound good or look good in retelling. •     Life of a clam: Pleasure does not really determines how rewarding one’s life is  Plato asks whether you would be willing to trade your life for that of a clam, other  things than pleasure that is holding us back. Pleasure does not account much. This  2 IUF 100 term refers to happy as a clam, it refers to the discounted sense of true happiness a  clam can feel, in fact, the “happiness” the clam feel is merely pleasure because  feeling of happiness requires a sense of self­fulfillment that a clam cannot master. ­continuously feel pleasure and always at a state of homeostasis, would you  want that? Lecture: ­Remembering self makes choices based on memories. Experiencing self has no say in those decisions. (2 Types of Selves) ­How happy someone is with their life is really different than how happy someone is living their life.  ­Pleasure is the experience of happiness (the 3 second moments) ­Memory happiness thinks about the consequences of actions  ­During pleasure you smile more, your more likable, you help others more, try  new things  3


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