[-empyre-] Welcome to May: Boredom: Labor, Use and Time

B. Bogart ben at ekran.org
Wed May 13 09:40:06 AEST 2015

Hello John,

You wrote:
> I'm not sure I am on board with treating pleasure as always a positive
> arousal, or I suppose I need to hear more on what you mean by
> positive.

I agree that the +/- arousal sense of pleasure / fear is too simplistic
and probably introduces more issues unnecessarily. What I had in mind
was arousal, as unexpected outcome, where that outcome is desired
(positive) or not (negative). A person could certainly want to be
frightened and find pleasure in it. This would make the arousal in this
context positive, contrary to my previous characterization. Again, I
think this is not central to the notion of a baseline of habituation and
arousal as a sense of the unexpected.


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