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

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Comment author: [deleted] 06 June 2012 08:38:19PM 1 point [-]

So pain asymbolia means something else than “being able to feel pain but not caring about it”?

Comment author: CuSithBell 06 June 2012 08:41:18PM 0 points [-]

It means "being able to feel pain but not suffering from it."

Comment author: [deleted] 06 June 2012 09:40:34PM 1 point [-]

Where “pain” and “suffering” are defined, respectively, as... what?

Comment author: CuSithBell 06 June 2012 11:42:09PM 1 point [-]

Roughly, pain is a sensation typically associated with damage to the body, suffering is an experience of stimuli as intrinsically unpleasant.

I do not suffer if my room is painted a color I do not like, but I still may care about the color my room is painted.

Comment author: wedrifid 06 June 2012 11:59:13PM 0 points [-]

Roughly, pain is a sensation typically associated with damage to the body, suffering is an experience of stimuli as intrinsically unpleasant.

Agree, with the assumption that "stimuli" as relevant to suffering includes internal stimuli generated from one's own thoughts.

Comment author: CuSithBell 07 June 2012 03:17:28AM 0 points [-]

Yeah, that's certainly a fair clarification. It'd probably take a lot more space to give a really robust definition of "suffering", but that's close enough for gummint work.

Comment author: shminux 06 June 2012 10:39:28PM 0 points [-]

"When pain does not hurt"