[extropy-chat] Psychological stress and Suffering

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Sun Mar 4 11:58:56 UTC 2007

On 3/4/07, The Avantguardian <avantguardian2020 at yahoo.com> wrote:

--- Robert Bradbury <robert.bradbury at gmail.com> wrote:
> > So let us perhaps separate the concepts.  There is
> > no question in an
> > extropians mind (at least generally speaking) that
> > robust nanotechnology can
> > completely eliminate "human suffering").
> Lets say this is so. All material needs are completely
> satisfied by nanotechnology. Then there would still be
> the suffering from interpersonal relationships,
> competition, and failure. Post humans might still
> suffer from unrequited love and losing at chess for
> example.

You could just decide how much you will let such things bother you if you
could reprogram your mind at will. There would be a whole spectrum of choice
available to you, from completely eliminating the adverse feelings to
allowing them to occur unfettered, and in between perhaps you could allow
yourself to experience sweet bitterness but not despair... or whatever
variation on this you fancied. Although the material benefits of posthuman
life will be welcome, the real advantage will be the ability to make
yourself as happy as you like by directly accessing your mind.

Stathis Papaiaonnou
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