This is explored in (amongst other places) the final chapter of "A history of the world in 10 1/2 chapters". (The converse is explored in a short story by Michael Moorcock about someone who goes to Hell and finds it quite pleasant after a while.)
This is also discussed in literature on Utopias generally (probably going back to someone like Plato) - the problem with "wireheading" is that it omits some of the supposedly necessary features of utopian existence e.g. breadth and vividness. So although one might be unable to escape it if placed in this situation, that doesn't mean one would choose it (since when *not* perpetually blissed out, one can see its inadequacies). On 21 October 2013 07:43, Craig Weinberg <whatsons...@gmail.com> wrote: > > > On Sunday, October 20, 2013 6:53:41 AM UTC-4, telmo_menezes wrote: > >> On Sat, Oct 19, 2013 at 4:26 PM, Craig Weinberg <whats...@gmail.com> >> wrote: >> > Another way of approaching human emulation. >> > >> > Step 1: Manufacture an inexpensive biofeedback monitor that you plug >> into >> > your internet enabled device. >> > >> > Step 2: Braindora reads up your personal data and compares it against a >> huge >> > database of other people’s data, looking for matches. >> > >> > Step 3. Meanwhile, Braindora keeps monitoring what you are looking at >> online >> > while it tracks your brain data, comparing your history of what you >> find and >> > how it makes you feel. Matches that correlate to mood improvement, on >> both a >> > short term and long term basis are flagged. >> > >> > Step 4: Braindora offers to take over your web browsing, steering your >> > computer/TV/Ipod/game system automatically to sources which are most >> > statistically likely to be successful in improving the indicators in >> ‘people >> > who probably feel like you do’. >> > >> > Step 5: Customers, who are now virtually incapable of being bored, can >> go to >> > the next level and browse social networks for bio-compatible matches in >> the >> > same way. >> > >> > Step 6: Gradually all lifestyle decisions can be ported to the system, >> > ensuring that that everything that you eat, buy, do, or experience is >> > optimized at least a little better than you could do on your own. >> > >> > Step 7: The entire process will be recorded and fed back into the >> system so >> > that it can be compressed into an algorithm which can be pushed back to >> the >> > customer’s transcranial magnetic stimulation device. As a result, >> everyone >> > will feel like they have a great and constantly improving life, even as >> they >> > degenerate into pulpy masses of human squash. >> >> If this was possible, wouldn't you choose it? If not, why not? >> > > I might choose it personally, but that is only because my personhood is > defined by its deprivations. If I were the universe, an ontology of > masturbation is a dead end. > > >> > > I have a recurring similar discussion with a friend: suppose you could >> be put in a capsule on life support and given a steady supply of a >> drug that makes you feel pure bliss for the rest of your natural life. >> Would you agree? If not, why not? >> > > I don't think that is actually possible. The intellect can conceive of > monotonous bliss, but that does not mean that is the way that bliss could > work. A bliss that you cannot escape from is ultimately a prison. Our > understanding of sensation points to relation of contrasts, not to > mechanical absolutes. Feelings are living responses to meaningful > conditions. We quickly adapt to euphoria, build a tolerance, become bored. > There may not be any such thing as a bliss which cannot fade into misery > eventually. If there were, I think it would constitute a kind of universal > halting, just as strong addiction can suspend normal social functions. > > Craig > > >> > >> > -- >> > You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google >> Groups >> > "Everything List" group. >> > To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send >> an >> > email to everything-li...@**googlegroups.com. >> > To post to this group, send email to everyth...@googlegroups.**com. >> > Visit this group at >> > http://groups.google.com/**group/everything-list<http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list>. >> >> > For more options, visit >> > https://groups.google.com/**groups/opt_out<https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out>. >> >> > -- > You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups > "Everything List" group. > To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an > email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. > To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. > Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list. > For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out. > -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. 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