How to make and fake happiness
By Victor Langheld
Wassermann Publications, © 2013
‘How to make and fake happiness’ focuses on the human happiness response as biological rather than psychological signal. That’s never been done before. And it uses the language of the smart phone to make understanding easier. That’s never been done before either.
Happiness is a biological app – like a smart phone app. The happiness app signals the achievement of self-completion within any personal self-application context (i.e. personal world).
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Menu of contents
1. The simple truth about happiness
2. My current world
3. The Biological Imperative
4. Biological winning
5. How to win
6. The self-experience of the winner
7. Defining a biological application
8. Happiness is not the purpose of life
9. The happiness signal
10. Happiness as victory celebration
11. Happiness as courtship display
12. Happiness signals perfect health
13. Making myself happy
14. Faking making myself happy
15. Faking happiness
16. “I’m a winner!” (Intermezzo)
17. Why faking happiness is crucial to survival
18. The tactical use of happiness
19. 37 popular ways of faking my way to happiness
20. Transferring happiness
21. De-automising the happiness signal
22. Acknowledging happiness
23. Training my happiness app
24. Modulating my happiness signal
25. Adjusting the sensitivity of my happiness trigger
26. Selecting my happiness generating app
27. Money buys happiness, most of the time
28. Setting my completeness preferences
29. Customised means to happiness
30. How 7 billion + 2 human mammals upgrade their means to happiness
31. “Hurrah! I’m a Turing Machine” (Intermezzo)
32. The danger of setting happiness as default application
33. Navigating to happiness
34. My BIO-NAV app
35. My Bio-logical Nav-igation application
36. I’m a blind survival transmission application
37. Dreaming my way to happiness
38. I’m happy ’cause I was smart
1. The blind men and the elephant
2. The blind watchmaker who makes blind
watches for blind customers.
The small print (Lucifer’s domain)
Happiness signals an increase (as gain or ‘win’) in personal survival capacity resulting from completion of any actual (i.e. made) or virtual (i.e. faked, for instance imaginary) world in which I (i.e. or any one of 7 billion humans) participate. By contrast, unhappiness (if prolonged ≈ depression) is the biological signal that indicates a decrease (as loss) in personal survival capacity resulting from ‘failure to (self-) complete’ in any actual (i.e. made) or virtual (i.e. faked) world to which I apply myself.
Like other biological functions the happiness signal can be de-automized, thus brought under control, thereafter modulated and trained to satisfy personal need.
Happiness serves internally as Guide & Control app. Externally it serves as courtship display. Courtship attracts contact, meaning actual (i.e. made) application. Contact may (or may not) increase survival capacity.
Survival (i.e. in this or any personal world, made or faked) is the primary (biological) GOOD.
The brain operates as blind biological navigation (i.e. BIO-NAV) system. It computes and simulates, hence fakes, best possible contact (i.e. self-application completion) possibilities. The BIO-NAV signals attainment of app completion with happiness. It signals failure to complete (an (i.e. any) app) with unhappiness.
Because humans are dynamic systems, happiness signals ‘getting there’ rather than ‘being there’. That’s a crucial insight.
Since it is self-app completion (hence the creation of a true self) that is signaled with happiness, rather than self-app content, any app made (i.e. actual) or faked (i.e. virtual), when completed, can trigger the happiness signal, depending, however, on the sensitivity settings of the happiness signal’s trigger.
Since life is a sheer unending survival struggle, the happiness experience cannot always be made to happen when most needed. But it can almost always be faked. For instance, comedy is a deliberately faked means of making myself and others happy. So is taking time out with friends to have a coffee. The happiness experience is always real whether or not its cause is faked or made.
And that’s the rub!