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Can Buddhist Practices Help Us Overcome The Biological Pull Of Dissatisfaction?

Enlarge this image “There’s a kind of a bridge between cognitive therapy and Buddhist practice in evolutionary psychology,” says author Robert Wright. Veronica Grech/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Veronica Grech/Getty Images Are human beings hard-wired to be perpetually dissatisfied? Author Robert Wright, who teaches about the interface of evolutionary biology and religion, thinks so. Wright points out that evolution rewards people for seeking out pleasure rather than pain, which helps ensure that human beings are frequently unsatisfied: “We are condemned to always want things to be a little different,…

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