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16 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 11 January 2009 02:09AM

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Comment author: ShardPhoenix 13 January 2009 03:49:17PM 2 points [-]

"Any less than that, and your motivation to go on working can still be torpedoed by not being able to visualize a light at the end of the tunnel."

I understand, and I'm hardly a perfect rationalist myself, but to me it seems that you don't need to go so far as this to motivate people. You can easily come up with post-FAI scenarios that are much preferable to the modern day without having to speculate about hedon representation in the year 12000, when we don't even know exactly what a hedon is or even what we really want in the long term. And if someone is convinced that post-singularity life can't help but be horrible (or even is just a bit dubious about the whole scenario), then I doubt such "crazy sounding" ideas are going to make them listen.

On a side note, a lot of the stuff in this post seems very closely related to wireheading to me - not that I'm necessarily against that, but I know you are, and this post almost seems to be leading up to wireheading by another name.