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pleasant of you

Posted by: Gee ( si ) on October 27, 1999 at 15:42:06:

In Reply to: Long weeks for more and more people posted by Stoller on October 27, 1999 at 15:19:47:

: Nice to see such a thoughtful post from you for once.

Well, though wrapped in condescending arrogence, thats pleasant of you - considering were hardly pleased with eachother concerning LTV.

: And don't think for a second that I endorse drug decriminalization. I don't.

Why is that, out of interest?

: Interesting you should bring that up.

: Ever heard of the classic Scitovsky 'Rankhappinessness' study from the 1970s?

Yes....never read it though.

: According to his watershed work The Joyless Economy:


: Over this period, almost twenty five years [1946 through 1970], per capita income rose by 62 percent, yet the proportion of people who consider themselves very happy, fairly happy, and not too happy has hardly changed at all.

Interesting thing, rating happiness, the study doesnt appear to have happiness in 'real terms' in the way that income studies do. In other words - if there is a basis for the value of the word 'happy' to decrease over time (in other words a fellow applied happy to having enough food 300 years ago, but now wouldnt accept anything less than a neat car and video plus bowling with buddies as condition for 'happy')

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