Re: Rationalizing suffering

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Tue Apr 01 2003 - 15:41:12 MST

John Robb wrote:
> Elizer,
> Do you really believe suffering should be alleviated? I think it is an
> incredible motivator (I personally have always found that I work harder when
> my back is against the wall). It is the ultimate object lesson.

Michael LaTorra already said almost everything I wanted to say, and it
remains only to point out that while you might choose to regard certain
forms of suffering as building character, you cannot make that choice for

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky                
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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