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Comment author: brahmaneya 15 November 2012 02:01:12AM 2 points [-]

Probably because the negative feelings about the pain are what strongly motivate you to avoid it, and hence avoid physical damage.

Comment author: gwern 15 November 2012 02:12:18AM *  0 points [-]

There may be disadvantage, yes. But it could also be that pain asymbolia is fine in a creature as high-level as a human - but without any selective fitness advantage, what would drive it to fixation in a selective sweep? Given zero reproductive advantage and possible disadvantage, it's no surprise that it's rare.