Andrey Kurpatov "Can the brain make us happy?"

11.10.2018

Andrey Vladimirovich Kurpatov, doctor-psychotherapeutist, president of the High School of Methodology, founder of the intellectual cluster "Games of the Mind", the author of more than 100 scientific works, 12 monographs and more than 30 popular science books on psychotherapy, philosophy and methodology with a total circulation of more than 5 million copies and translated into 8 languages.

Short regalia: Andrey Vladimirovich Kurpatov, doctor-psychotherapeutist, president of the High School of Methodology, founder of the intellectual cluster "Games of the Mind"

"Can the brain make us happy?"

The brain is not just the most mysterious organ of our body. He is what we are — one and a half kilogram of nervous tissue, completely isolated from the outside world. Recent scientific studies have shown that we do not make decisions on our own, everything is solved by the brain, the personality is a bluff, and the power of will is a myth… Not surprisingly, we cannot manage our lives. We feel dissatisfied, we hail in the clouds, and we are worried… We live well, as if everything we have — so what is the brain lack for happiness?

There is a trouble with happiness: nobody saw it, but all of us struggle trying to sell it to us. Advertising shows an image of an absolutely happy person: a kind of joyful fool, smiling widely, offers his family sweet corn flakes. Shelves are stuffed with books, YouTube-bloggers share the secrets of happy life, and social networks are cited with quotations on how to achieve happiness. Is this "happiness" real?

Neurophysiology and other fields of science have prepared unexpected answers for us. Is the brain capable of being happy, and how to make us happy?

The answer is on the lecture of Andrey Kurpatov on October 11 at The Royal Geographical Society, London