The Evolutionary Teaching Of Positive Reinforcement Essay

1602 Words Nov 16th, 2015 7 Pages
Happiness is what we feel when we get what we want, and synthetic happiness is what we get when we don’t get what we want. Happiness is also the feeling of well being, and synthetic happiness if feeling in a state of wellbeing, when not in such state. Synthetic happiness achieved through external stimulus should not be in use, but rather a synthetic happiness through acceptance of all emotions, should be practiced to help people achieve a real happiness, a real state of well being. Happiness has two parts, hedonia, which is the pleasure of the senses, and eudaimonia, which is pleasure of reason, living well and doing well. Humans, as animals, are wired to feel happy, as a reward. This is the evolutionary teaching of positive reinforcement. In more intelligent creatures, emotions are what ultimately drove evolution, because evolution in intelligent creatures occurred through learning. An animal would feel a pleasure or pain, learn from it, and pass down the information to the next generation, thus helping to fuel evolution (“The Biology of Happiness…”). The intelligence is the natural selection in humans, those who are more intelligent are able to pass down their genes and their knowledge. A synthetic happiness could help a human feel rewarded when no reward is given, or feel as though in a state of well being when the person is not particularly well. Over the courses of human evolution, the humans’ brain tripled in mass, to create a structure that no other animal has,…

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