SCInetwork

Asymmetry between pleasure and pain
119 visits since 07/06/2017
Manu Herrán
Happiness, Reality, Axiology


Do you want to know more?
Register to read more articles like this

I think there is no significant difference between the reasons why non-human animals whose future lives are going to be predictably negative do not commit suicide and the reasons why we humans do not commit suicide. The reason is the same: we were not designed to enjoy, but for the survival of our genes. Most lives, even human ones, are not worth living. In the case of nonhuman animals it is even worse.

Pleasure and pain appear to be useful, and be in different ways, justifying the existence of both experiences. Pleasure is practical to motivate to "go" and pain is practical to motivate to "escape".

But for matters related to entropy and the inherent scarcity of life / evolution, there is no symmetry between pleasure and pain. There is much more pain than pleasure, because there is so much more to "escape", and little to "go". This makes most of the experiences (and lives) not worth. If we are not aware of it, it is because we have a bias. And we have a bias (in this and in many other things, as the bias for despising the interests of individuals of other species) because genes do not care that we have biases, on the contrary, take advantage of them and encourage them to favor Its objective indifferent to our suffering: reproduce at all costs.

   



Comments



Send anonymous comment
The comments are posted anonymously, but feel free to indicate your name or nickname in the comment itself. HTML characters are not permitted, but you can add a link if you put the URL like http://www.example.com/ on a separate line.

Are you human? 

SCInetwork

Science, Technology and Thinking

Forgotten Password?
Nick or Email
Password


   


Last comments
» Related: https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-da... What are the dangers of being a vegan? David H...
» 1. Illusion: The self is not real; it is an artificial construct of competing neural systems see...


Subjects

 scinetwork.org at Facebook 

CSS Validator



Enlaces
REDcientífica
REDfilosófica
SCInetwork




Please login with Chrome