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I appreciate and concur with some of the ideas that you are trying to express here (and elsewhere)although would question your choice of a sole driving force the maximisation of pleasure.
My own opinions are that most of the driving forces are similar to those of evolution and that "fashion" has a large role in the development Richard Dawkins in his idea of Memes is quite useful but I disagree with his fundamentalist hatred of all aspects of religion. The evolved sensation of pleasure has something to do with this but the reality is far more complex.
My current main area of study is looking back to more fundamental physics and considering the possibility that even the laws of physics may have "evolved" naturally in a way that enables complexity in a universe. That is although the laws of physics are fixed early in the evolution of the universe around the times of symmetry breaking. this process is not entirely random because the alternative effects in the physical laws tend to affect the way things settle out. This is a bit like the way the shape of a river bed affects the flow of the water even when the river is in flood and the rocks are covered or the shape of the seabed at great depth can affect the shape of the waves on the surface of the sea.