Happiness on demand

Posted by $ CBJ 3 years, 4 months ago to Philosophy
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If the achievement of happiness is an individual’s highest moral purpose, is “deep brain stimulation” a legitimate means of achieving such happiness? And a related question: Is happiness simply an emotional state, or does it require accomplishing one or more productive goals?

Ayn Rand said, “Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.” (Galt’s speech.) Will this still hold true when people are able to employ technology to “fine tune” their emotional state directly?
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  • Posted by freedomforall 3 years, 4 months ago
    Interesting article, CBJ. Thanks for posting.
    Does the patient pay for the procedures or not?
    Is it at the expense of other taxpayers or an insurance company that can't refuse to do business with the patient?
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    • Posted by $ 3 years, 4 months ago
      Thanks, I'm assuming that as technology continues to advance, the procedure will eventually become reasonably affordable to individuals. Once that occurs, the questions I posed will need to be addressed on a philosophical level.
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