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

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Comment author: Tom_McCabe2 09 January 2009 04:32:15AM 7 points [-]

"Would they take the next step, and try to eliminate the unbearable pain of broken hearts, when someone's lover stops loving them?"

We already have an (admittedly limited) counterexample to this, in that many Westerners choose to seek out and do somewhat painful things (eg., climbing Everest), even when they are perfectly capable of choosing to avoid them, and even at considerable monetary cost.