Most pleasures have early development origins; they are not acquired through immersion into a society. And they are shared by all humans; the variety that one sees can be understood as variations on a universal theme. Painting is a cultural invention, but the love of art is not. Societies have different stories, but stories share certain plots. Taste in food and sex differ -- but not by all that much.
-- Paul Bloom
from "How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We Like"
Quoted on Fri Jun 24th, 2011