A New Science of Happiness:
The Paradox of Pleasure

Moderated by Steve Paulson
Executive Producer, To the Best of Our Knowledge

Kim Azzarelli, JD
Adjunct Professor, Cornell Law School

Darrin McMahon, PhD
Professor of History, Dartmouth College

Barry Schwartz, PhD
Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory & Action, Swarthmore College

The pursuit of happiness is enshrined in the founding document of our nation as a fundamental and inalienable right. Yet nowhere is the method of this pursuit clearly defined. What, exactly, does it mean to be happy, and how can such happiness be sustained over the long-term? Can happiness be accurately gauged or measured? How does the paradoxical relationship between happiness and pleasure shape our quest to lead the good life? And what does modern science have to tell us about this universal yet elusive pursuit? Attorney and author Kim Azzarelli, historian Darrin McMahon, and social psychologist Barry Schwartz join forces to share their research and insight on happiness, pleasure, and the coveted good life.

Webcast Podcast

Thursday, October 8, 2015
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Reception to Follow
The New York Academy of Sciences
7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 40th Floor
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This event is part of the From Knowledge to Wisdom: Science and the Good Life series, which brings together an array of leading scientists, philosophers, and scholars for an interdisciplinary investigation into the evolving nature of the human condition and the ultimate quest to discover how to lead the good life.
From Knowledge to Wisdom: Science and the Good Life