"one filled with pleasure and the other filled with pain, feels strongly negative rather than symmetric to us"

Comparing pains and pleasures of similar magnitude? People have a tendency not to do this, see the linked thread.

"Another sign is that pain is an internal experience, while our values might refer to the external world (though it's very murky"

You accept pain and risk of pain all the time to pursue various pleasures, desires and goals. Mice will cross electrified surfaces for tastier treats.

If you're going to care about hedonic st... (read more)

Comparing pains and pleasures of similar magnitude?

My point was comparing pains and pleasures that could be generated with similar amount of resources. Do you think they balance out for human decision making? For example, I'd strongly disagree to create a box of pleasure and a box of pain, do you think my preference would go away after extrapolation?

S-risks: Why they are the worst existential risks, and how to prevent them

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