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

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Comment author: Elia_G 13 September 2015 11:57:52PM 0 points [-]

I'm curious as to what, more specifically, The Path of Courage looks like.

If broken legs have not been eliminated... Would a person still learn, over time, how to completely avoid breaking a leg - and the difference lies in having to learn it, rather than starting out with unbreakable legs? Or do we remain forever in danger of breaking our legs (which is okay because we'll heal and because the rest of life is less brutal in general)?

If the latter... What happens to "optimizing literally everything"? Will we experience pain and then make a conscious decision not to prevent it for next time, knowing that our life is actually richer for it? Or will we have mental states such that we bemoan and complain that pain happened, and hope it doesn't again, but just-not-think-about actually trying to prevent it ourselves? Or do we, in fact, keep optimizing as hard as we can... and simply trust that we'll never actually succeed so greatly that we de-story our life and regret it?