Re: Unbounded happiness (was Re: Property rights)

From: Stathis Papaioannou (
Date: Tue Apr 22 2008 - 20:52:12 MDT

2008/4/23 Lucas Womack <>:

> I have no idea how you would measure the happiness of animal? I can tell if
> a dog is happy. I have no idea if that dog is happier than I am....there is
> no metric I can come up with that compares tail wagging pace to the how
> happy that Scandinavians feel on a scale of 1 to 5; 1 being unhappy, 5 being
> super happy.

It also isn't clear how or whether maximal possible happiness is
related to brain size and complexity. There is no compelling reason to
assume that the intensity (as opposed to the dynamic range) of
feelings of a dog, a mouse or an ant must be less than those of a

Stathis Papaioannou

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