Eliezer on happiness (hedonism)
I value a life complicated enough to be challenging and aesthetic - not just the feeling that life is complicated, but the actual complications - so turning into a pleasure center in a vat doesn't appeal to me. It would be a waste of humanity's potential, which I value actually fulfilling, not just having the feeling that it was fulfilled.
Nozick's experience machine argument (Wiki outline):
- P1: Hedonism means that the only thing that affects our well-being is pleasure
- P2: If hedonism were correct, then we would plug into the machine because we would want pleasurable experiences
- P3: We would not plug into the machine because we are concerned about the reality of our experiences
- C: Therefore, there is something other than pleasure that affects our well-being and hedonism is therefore defeated.