I've been debating in my mind for the past month about whether orgasm is really the most pleasurable experience that a person can have or not.
What role does dopamine play in what we normally call happiness? What I mean is, when a person wants an orgasm, is it fairly correct to say that he/she is really under a false impression, that the dopamine is an illusion and is not really the happiness that we humans strive for? What is the neurochemical that has been identified with lasting happiness as opposed to the temporary high? Are pleasure and happiness really different from each other (not considering the differences in duration)?
What is the highest pleasure-giving activity discovered so far (natural or artificial)? (i.e., drugs, orgasm, etc.) I mean, is it possible that eating something really delicious could somehow be more pleasurable than even an orgasm? From my experience, orgasms have really been pathetically short in duration... I'd say 5 seconds max, although the time spent in getting aroused is also somewhat pleasurable, but still, overall, it gets to only about 5-7 minutes maximum. Eating something delicious, on the other hand, has not been as pleasurable as an orgasm, but has longer duration (especially when there are is a variety of delicious foods available).
I've read on this site that orgasm is much more pleasurable if it is done with a partner, but does it involve, say, penetration or is it just the company of the partner that adds to the pleasure?
Let's say that just before an orgasm, a person has a certain level of dopamine. When he/she has orgasm, the dopamine jumps to 2x. Later the dopamine supposedly drops to lower than what was when he was just fine (i.e., the person is not in the two-week cycle, he's having the orgasm after a very long time). My question is: why does the dopamine have to drop so low? I mean, couldn't it return back to where it was before the orgasm without having first to drop so low?
Thank you for your attention.