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Talk - The Pleasure of Suffering

Monday 8th August - 07:20 PM BST

Talk - The Pleasure of Suffering

What makes a truly good life?

What makes a truly good life? Instinctively, we may associate this with the pleasures we enjoy and moments of joy. Yet, psychology and cognitive sciencist at Yale University, Paul Bloom, disagrees. In an exclusive talk for the IAI, presents his radical theory on why a meaningful life needs suffering. Bloom outlines why the right kind of suffering sets the stage for enhanced pleasure and why, without chosen suffering, our lives would be empty--and worse than that, boring.

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Documentary Screening - DOKBOX Cinema
The Mindful Revolution

Big Sofa Interview - The Lounge
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Headline Debate - The Arena
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Documentary Screening - DOKBOX Cinema
The First World

Talk - The Arena
The Pleasure of Suffering

Music - The Stage
Annie Dressner

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Paul Bloom

Paul Bloom is Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Yale University and Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto. His research explores the psychology of morality, identity, and pleasure. Bloom is the recipient of multiple awards and honours, including, most recently, the million-dollar Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize.