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39 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 08 January 2009 11:49PM

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Comment author: [deleted] 04 February 2012 08:29:04PM 2 points [-]

Further, in the long term, I'm thinking I may want to keep the capacity because I don't think I'd want to give up the ability to really properly "comprehend from the inside" my memories. So I think I'd want to retain some of that circuitry in some form, at least to decode ancient memories.

Throwing away the circuitry behind tears means throwing away the circuitry that allows one to sympathize with the tears of others. To ignore the objection any virtue ethicist that might be reading this currently for a little while, obviously in a world without tears such sympathy may not be needed. But as you point out we still have our memories and great tales that we'd probably like to go on appreciating somewhat for a long time to come.