[ExI] A dispassionate examination of being an upload.

John Clark jonkc at bellsouth.net
Thu Sep 23 14:51:02 UTC 2010

On Sep 22, 2010, at 7:29 AM, Stathis Papaioannou wrote:

> You need not limit your happiness, only your path to happiness.

But you're always on that path, it's not like you can reach a certain destination and from then on you don't need to worry anymore and everything is fine.

> If you enjoy smoking cigarettes but think it's bad for you you could modify
> yourself so that you no longer desire to smoke cigarettes

That would be easy but I'm talking about something more general, more fundamental, and much scarier. It feels great to accomplish something really important, but by their very nature such things are rare and difficult to accomplish. After a decade of hard work Einstein must have felt great on the day he figured out how General Relativity worked; but suppose you could have that same feeling of pride and fulfillment and awe that he had without doing anything except opening the preference panel in your mind and moving the pride fulfillment and awe slide switches found there just a tiny little bit further to the right. Could that be why we don't see ET?

  John K Clark

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