[ExI] atrophy or hypertrophy

Anders Sandberg anders at aleph.se
Fri Oct 2 09:27:22 UTC 2015

On 2015-10-02 10:41, Rafal Smigrodzki wrote:
> So, I would expect a mild loss of adrenal mass in response to the 
> completely laid-back lifestyle. You are however unlikely to experience 
> severe adrenal atrophy, since even under perfectly non-stressful 
> circumstances there is a basal HPA activity level that keeps your 
> adrenals going.

And that basal activity is also set to some extent by basic personality 
- it has relatively little to do with actual circumstances. Stressed 
people find ways to be stressed even in total retirement, laid-back 
people relax while working.

Anders Sandberg
Future of Humanity Institute
Oxford Martin School
Oxford University

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