From: Metaqualia (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun Jun 20 2004 - 19:03:48 MDT
> purposes. We don't need pain, but I do think we want to keep a gradient
> of feedback relative to internal goals. At least as long as we choose
> to remain sentient.
What kind of feedback? You can be consciously aware of things going wrong
without having negative qualia. Feedback is important for a sentient of
course, however subjective pain is in my opinion something of a different
nature, and superfluous.
> the world we live in, therefore why not just go straight to the end
> result and work on feeling good regardless of external conditions?
You cannot "feel good regardless of external conditions", or, I guess it all
depends on how bad your external conditions are...
> We all wish to improve the quality of our life experience. [This is not
> a precise or complete statement, but I think it encompasses more of the
> issue than "maximize positive qualia".] Therefore, do we best approach
> this by (1) directly improving the subjective experience, or (2) working
> to improve the processes that leads to the desired experience.
sure, that is an effective way of maximizing positive qualia and minimizing
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