May 25 2007 - Jennifer talks with D.J. Grothe about the history of the idea of happiness.
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The determinants of happiness are remarkably similar around the world, in countries as different as Afghanistan, the U.S, and Chile. Income matters to happiness but only so much; friends, freedom, and employment are good for happiness, while crime, poor health, and divorce are bad. Paradoxically, however, people in places like Afghanistan can be as happy as those in much wealthier and safer ones like Chile. One explanation is the remarkable human capacity to adapt to adversity and hardship. While adaptation may be a good thing for individual wellbeing, it can also result in collective tolerance for bad equilibrium which are difficult for societies to escape from.
This week involves animals, drugs, and even drugs in animals! Kevin, Toren, and Joe are joined by the mysterious “Agent Smith” to take a look at the ups and downs — let’s face it mostly downs — of smuggling!
On his "German Ideology," an unpublished work by the young Marx, where he rips into philosophy as being impractical and argues his philosophy of history.