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48 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 22 November 2007 03:19AM

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Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 22 November 2007 04:00:55AM 12 points [-]

Far too few people take the time to wonder what the purpose and function of happiness is.

You're talking as if this purpose were a property of happiness itself, rather than something that we assign to it. As a matter of historical fact, the evolutionary function of happiness is quite clear. The meaning that we assign to happiness is an entirely separate issue.

Seeking happiness as an end in itself is usually extremely destructive.

Because, er, it makes people unhappy?