The Journey is the Destination
March 30, 2012
Cornell University psychology professor Shimon Edelman has published “The Happiness of Pursuit: What Neuroscience Can Teach Us About the Good Life.”
He asserts that happiness isn’t a victory won or a destination we reach, but rather the continuous journey of pursuit.
Edelman uses the concept of the mind as a computing device, demonstrating how the human brain is highly active and constantly learning experientially. It is his conclusion that the journey of achieving happiness, rather than the destination, is what matters most.
He makes the case for these claims by exploring the computations carried out collectively by the brain’s neurons, including the faculties of perception, motivation and emotions, action, memory, thinking, social cognition, learning and language.