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An object’s origins affect the amount of pleasure people take in it. Humans have developed an “essentialist” bias, theorizes psychologist Paul Bloom, which engenders a reverence for the specific histories of things. For example, authenticity influences the perceived value of an item, and an imitation just won’t do. getAbstract recommends marketers and product developers soak up this delightful talk regarding the nature of human pleasure.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What factors influence your perception of value and
  • How your beliefs affect your pleasure levels.

About the Speaker

Psychologist Paul Bloom is a Yale University professor and author of How Pleasure Works.



Hermann Göring, Hitler’s second-in-command, was an art lover. His pride and joy was a Vermeer bought through Dutch art dealer Han van Meegeren. After the war, the Allies captured Göring and tried him at Nuremberg. They also charged van Meegeren with treason for selling art to Nazis. Van Meegeren confessed to selling the painting but denied it was a Vermeer. Van Meegeren claimed to have forged the painting, which he proved by creating another replica. The court convicted van Meegeren of forgery and he became a Dutch hero. Upon hearing his beloved Vermeer was a worthless fake, Göring was distraught.

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