Saturday, 30 August 2008

Monty Python - Always Look on the Bright Side of Life (My epitaph)

Now that's what I call eudemonics! When life sucks, just purse your lips and whistle! Probatum est! That's also what William James, the famous philosopher and psychiatrist, said. We think that action follows sentiment, that is I sing because I'm happy. But this causal link is uncertain. It can be the other way round, so we can improve our mood by singing, dancing, watching a MP's movie etc. as those are actions, and unlike feelings, they are controlled by our will (Schopenhauer perhaps wouldn't agree).

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