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Epicurean Net Pleasure Maximization Worksheet
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"For we recognize pleasure as the first good innate in us, and from pleasure we begin every act of choice and avoidance, and to pleasure we return again, using the feeling as the standard by which we judge every good."
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Feelings Of Pleasure (+)Feelings of Pain (-)
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Life Activity
Intensity / Extent of Pleasure
Current Bodily Pleasure
Current Mental Pleasure
Future Mental PleasureFuture Bodily PleasureTotal Pleasure ScoreNet ScoreTotal Pain Score
Intensity / Extent of Pain
Current Bodily Pain
Current Mental Pain
Future Mental Pain
Future Bodily Pain
Notes
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Sleep6410100
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Go to Work444127-5-2-3
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Have Lunch with Friends657220200
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Go to Gym4115113-8-4-4
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Go to Museum55515150
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Read Lucretius8882423-1-1
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Read Plato0-21-21-7-7-7
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Choose Activities To Maximize The Pleasure Score … >>9257-35 << … At A Cost In Pain You Find To Be Acceptable
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Scoring Considerations:
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Feelings cannot be captured in numerical terms. All scoring is relative. Nature provides no absolute standards to be used as a basis for scoring.
(2) The goal of life is to maximize under your personal circumstances the net pleasure score in the gold box.
(3) The theoretical scoring limit is that which can be attained when a person's experience is completely filled with pleasures with no mixture of pain. This theoretical limit is not attainable for indefinite periods by human beings, but is considered “god-like” and serves as the goal toward which to strive.

(4) Maximizing net pleasure is achieved by choosing activities which maximize pleasure at a cost in pain that you deem acceptable.
(5) All pleasures are pleasing, but some pleasures exact a greater cost in pain than do others.
(6) Sometimes we choose pain when a choice that is painful in the present brings us greater net pleasure or lesser net pain.
(7) In predicting the cost in pain of any activity, remember that pleasures neither natural nor necessary will frequently (but not always) exact the greatest cost in pain; pleasures which are both natural and necessary will generally (but not always) exact the least cost in pain.
(8) Remember to consider how your choices produce pain or pleasure in your friends, because this impacts your own scoring.
(9) A net score of zero does not indicate that there are "neutral" states of feeling. Activities may produce both pleasurable and painful results, but feelings, like oil and water, do not mix to produce a third category beyond pleasure and pain.
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