[ExI] How to build a happier brain

Anders Sandberg anders at aleph.se
Mon Oct 28 22:32:18 UTC 2013

On 2013-10-28 22:14, John Grigg wrote:
> How would you redesign the human brain, so that people could lead 
> happier, more vibrant lives?

His book sounds like it makes a lot of sense. Whether that is enough to 
actually help, is of course another matter!

Building the right practical or cognitive habits is a lot of work. We 
need to streamline the process (but presumably not make it too easy, 
because then we might get instability).

I would love to know how to manipulate the mood setpoint of the brain. 
Surely the right kind of thinking can change your stable mood a bit, but 
genetic and other innate factors seem to be more powerful. One of the 
things I am hoping to figure out using personal genomics is why I have 
my bright mood setpoint - and then we can start figuring out how to fix 
it in other brains.

Dr Anders Sandberg
Future of Humanity Institute
Oxford Martin School
Oxford University

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