Less Wrong is a community blog devoted to refining the art of human rationality. Please visit our About page for more information.

EvelynM comments on Are wireheads happy? - Less Wrong

109 Post author: Yvain 01 January 2010 04:41PM

You are viewing a comment permalink. View the original post to see all comments and the full post content.

Comments (95)

You are viewing a single comment's thread.

Comment author: EvelynM 03 January 2010 11:29:15PM 9 points [-]

I noticed the distinction between wanting and liking as a result of my meditation practice. I began to derive great pleasure from very simple things, like the quality of an intake of breath, or the color combination of trees and sky.

And, I began to notice a significant decrease in compulsive wanting, such as for excess food, and for any amount of alcohol.

I also noticed a significant decrease in my startle reflex.

Similar results have been reported from Davidson's lab at the University of Wisconsin. http://psyphz.psych.wisc.edu/

Comment author: bbleeker 28 January 2011 02:07:21PM 2 points [-]

You just convinced me to take up meditation again. :-)

Comment author: EvelynM 01 February 2011 08:17:37PM 1 point [-]

Thank you! Meditation continues to be a great benefit for me.

Comment author: ThufirHawat 07 April 2013 04:37:40PM 0 points [-]

How do you meditate? I've tried to get into meditation before, but never found a variant I was comfortable with.

Comment author: EvelynM 08 April 2013 11:20:37PM 1 point [-]

I follow my breath. A meditation teacher can offer you constructive suggestions, specific to the difficulties you are having.

Comment author: k3nt 05 January 2010 05:23:39AM *  0 points [-]

Thanks for the link. I live in Madison and had no idea that this interesting stuff was being done here.

Comment author: EvelynM 07 January 2010 12:01:17AM 0 points [-]

You're welcome!