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Patterns, coherence, and the strange spaces of sentiocentrism
Manu Herrán

‘The Universe’s instantaneous self-destruction button’, ‘to anesthetize and assassinate’ or ‘The undiscovered infidelity’ are all explained ignoring the existence of individuals in the habitual sense of the word. Versión en español I'll define "conventional sentiocentrism" as the the moral position that considers that the ability to feel is th...

The radio metaphor explanation in the description of reality and subjectivity. The reality just as it could be
Manu Herrán

Apparently, we are all different kind of people who get born and die. However, it would be more logical to think that we are all only one being who lives forever. Let´s see the radio metaphor. Versión en español In the 80s and through the BBS (before the internet) I run into a document that seemed to have been written by a madman. Among other t...


    Implications of a plausible Sentience Platonism in the prevention of suffering
Manu Herrán

Even if the probability of Sentience Platonism were extremely small, while there is a higher than zero probability, and considering that is not very clear where sentience comes from, we might think twice before disregarding this idea, because should it be true, its implications for preventing suffering would be immense. Platonism is considered a...


    Interests, preferences, pain and suffering
Manu Herrán

There are people who say that we negative utilitarians are obsessed with pain, and they are right. Versión en español These people say that there is not only physical pain (or "pain") but also psychic pain (or "suffering") and that this suffering can also be horrible, and they are right. They also say there are more things in life. That there...

First ideas on Sentience Platonism
Manu Herrán

"Sentience platonism": that could be the name for the idea that I tried to explain in the "open mic" at sentience conference 2016. It's one type of dualism (well... to be more accurate... it's one type of non-monism, because could be compatible with dualism, trialism, cuatrialism...) and is close to "open individualism" but it's quite different....

How to recognize sentience?
Manu Herrán

Two errors There are two very common assumptions in the issue of consciousness / sentience that I think are wrong: It is generally assumed that "in the absence of at least one centralized nervous system, consciousness will not arise." That is, if a being has no brain, he does not feel. But I think it's the other way around: if there is a funct...


    Symmetry between emergentism and immersionism
Manu Herrán

Emergentism and immersionism are two symmetrical metaphysical approaches to describe reality. In the emergentist approach "material things" (materials), grouped in a certain way, generate individuality (the self). Additionally, the individual experiences the existence of "experiential things", such as the feeling of cold or love, but this "expe...


    Sentience platonism
Manu Herrán

Abstract I'll call sentience platonism the idea that experiences exist by themselves, regardless of sentient beings who experience them. Even if the probability of sentience platonism were very small, while there is a higher than zero probability, we might think twice before disregarding it, because the implications on prevent suffering would b...


    Map of existential alternatives to the sentient experience
Manu Herrán

Sentience is the ability to experience sensations, to have subjective experiences. Usually it is assumed that sentience is produced in the being that experiments it. But there are actually more possibilities. A: Who feels? [1..10] B: What do we feel? [1..4] C: How much can one feel? [1..2] D: When does one feel? [1..4] E: Where does the senti...


    It isn’t only humans who should eat in-vitro meat. A lot of suffering is on the line.
Andrés Gómez Emilsson

Should humans wipe out all carnivorous animals so the succeeding generations of herbivores can live in peace? Let’s do a thought-experiment. Imagine we stumble across an advanced civilisation that has abolished predation, disease, famine, and all the horrors of primitive Darwinian life. The descendants of archaic lifeforms flourish unmolested in...


    Suffering and ethics
Brian Tomasik

Many ethical value systems feel that extreme suffering commands particular moral urgency compared with other priorities. The agony of, say, Medieval-style torture is not necessarily compensated by other, smaller benefits. We should give special attention to reducing the net expected suffering of all sentient beings when deciding our actions. Ani...

The hedonistic imperative
David Pearce

The Hedonistic Imperative outlines how genetic engineering and nanotechnology will abolish suffering in all sentient life. The abolitionist project is hugely ambitious but technically feasible. It is also instrumentally rational and morally urgent. The metabolic pathways of pain and malaise evolved because they served the fitness of our genes i...

How to prioritize the reduction of suffering?
Manu Herrán

Versión en español What is the arithmetic of suffering? If we could assign a number to the intensity of the subjective experience of every sensation, it seems that the mathematics related to the operations among these values obey to some kind of “non lineal arithmetic”, where 2+2=5. This article does a research of some non lineal aspects, or ...

Duality and Uniqueness
Manu Herrán

Any sane person establishes a cutting distinction between every object of the Universe: I, and ‘everything else’. I am going to call this ‘Duality’. On the other hand, the Universe exists, there. And it doesn’t care at all what I think. The universe is unique, and I am going to call this ‘Uniqueness’. Obviously, there’s only one reality. The Un...

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