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Friday, June 23, 2006 

I'm an addict

Not only does it turn out that figuring out some difficult theory gives our brain a hit of pleasure, but "The same mechanism is involved in the aesthetic experience, Biederman said, providing a neurological explanation for the pleasure we derive from art." Not to mention that Biederman goes on to explain why we like new images - the pleasure we feel from seeing and understanding an image decreases as it's processed. This is both why you shouldn't listen to your favourite album over and over again and why guys keep looking for new porn. In other words, some of this is common sense, but it's nice to see some neurology backing it up.

(via Warren Ellis)

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