[ExI] fermi paradox again, was: addiction

John Clark johnkclark at gmail.com
Mon Apr 6 16:28:45 UTC 2015

On Mon, Apr 6, 2015 Anders Sandberg <anders at aleph.se> wrote:

> You need 100% addiction, not 95% (and in humans, most things that are
> addictive only for about 5%).

Yes but none of those humans had complete control of their emotional
control panel, if they did the results might be a positive feedback loop,
if so that would mean the end of human advancement. Glueing the happiness
knob to a 10 would obviously lead to stagnation, and if you rigged it to
give you a short blast of a 10 only when you discovered something as
important as General Relativity you'd be happy so rarely you'd eventually
change the settings. But maybe you could program it to give you almost as
much pleasure in seeking new knowledge as actually finding it, then
although a little short of a 10 you'd be very happy all the time and
maximally happy some of the time.  Maybe then you'd be able to resist
temptation and not fiddle around with that control panel anymore.

  John K Clark
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