A scholar of digital religion and Buddhism argues that not all Western Buddhism practice is inauthentic. Here’s a way to know what’s real.
Pleasure-based sex education allows young people to safely explore and develop critical thinking around sex and relationships.
A scholar of early Greek classics explains what the myth of the weapon-carrying god of love, Cupid, a child of the gods of love and war, conveys about the pleasures and dangers of desire.
The audio version of an in-depth article on why experts are worried about AIs becoming addicts.
When people think about how AI might ‘go wrong’, most probably picture malevolent computers trying to cause harm. But what if we should be more worried about them seeking pleasure?
Touch is the first sense to develop in the womb.
Go on! Read a good book, tickle your kids, pick a flower from your garden. We need to savour these tiny moments of pleasure to ease the stress we all face.
New research suggests the clitoris is equally as important for reproduction as it is for sexual pleasure. But the evidence behind that claim is up for debate.
It was not until the late 1990s that the anatomy of the human clitoris was accurately described by Australia’s first female urologist. And now research in animals is starting to catch up.
Understanding the pleasure drugs give people would help to prevent the harms.
Why do some words sound pleasant to us, while others provoke disgust? Learning a new language can help us find out.
Our society and culture play a big part in what our brain sees as rewarding.
Hedonism has a complex relationship with binge drinking – part cause, part solution. Here’s why.
Savouring the pleasures in life is linked to better health and well-being. And no, that doesn’t necessarily mean binge drinking or all-night wild parties.
Mere economic models don’t take into account the full complexity of our relationship with alcohol.
If New Year’s resolutions have you in an abstemious mindset when it comes to enjoyment these days, consider a pleasure recalibration based on ‘l'éducation du gout.’
Scientists have tended to think of nonhuman sexual behaviour as being all about reproduction. In fact, there is far more ha ha hee hee than we give animals credit for.
The idea that we can achieve happiness by maximising pleasure and minimising pain is both intuitive and popular. The truth is, however, very different.