Question About The Pleasure Center Of The Brain
I have been googling in vain. Maybe someone with a scientific background knows the answer to this:
Has there any research been done concerning individual differences in the discriminative sensitivity and perceptivity of the pleasure center to physical stimulation compared with non-physical, immaterial, emotional and intellectual stimulation?
I am speculating, that hedonists and epicureans are innately different in the responses of their pleasure centers. But speculating is not satisfactory, I need to find out more.
If there hasn't been any such research done, I'm sure there soon will be.
But consider the problems that researchers will have to deal with. They will have to find the parts of the body that are able to perceive those (and maybe other) kinds of stimulation. They will also have to find the paths the signals follow from those sensors to the parts of the brain that can interpret those signals and inform the perhaps different pleasure centers.
Further, given the resistance of Xianity and other religions to pleasure in the present, the researchers might want to delay reporting their findings, as Charles Darwin delayed reporting his findings.
Finally, having read your posts asserting differences between hedonists and epicureans, I wonder if you will use any such findings to assert that the former differ qualitatively from the latter.
Some years ago a researcher claimed the brains of homosexuals differed from the brains of heterosexuals. Concerns arose that people might use the knowledge to alter the brains of fetuses to assure the birth of fewer homosexuals.
"But consider the problems that researcher will have to deal with."
"Finally, having read your posts asserting differences between hedonists and epicureans, I wonder if you will use any such findings to assert that the former differ qualitatively from the latter."