Pain and suffering

TagLast edit: 10 May 2021 10:39 UTC by EA Wiki assistant

The pain and suffering tag is for posts which discuss ways to measure these phenomena, or issues that are notable for causing especially intense pain and suffering (even if they aren’t especially large in scale).

Given that EA tends to focus on the number of people affected by a problem, we may not notice when a problem affects relatively few people but is extremely bad for those it affects, leading to high overall impact. Posts with this tag may push against this tendency.

Content note: Posts with this tag may contain disconcerting or frightening content.

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mental health | sentience

Cluster Headache Fre­quency Fol­lows a Long-Tail Distribution

algekalipso2 Aug 2019 22:47 UTC
84 points
17 comments7 min readEA link

Get-Out-Of-Hell-Free Necklace

algekalipso9 Jul 2019 21:30 UTC
65 points
14 comments3 min readEA link

Log­a­r­ith­mic Scales of Plea­sure and Pain (@Effec­tive Altru­ism NYC)

algekalipso19 Nov 2019 9:55 UTC
14 points
2 comments2 min readEA link

Treat­ing Cluster Headaches Us­ing N,N-DMT and Other Tryptamines

qfrerichs6 Aug 2019 5:02 UTC
25 points
0 comments10 min readEA link

Us­ing Ibo­gaine to Create Friendlier Opioids

qfrerichs6 Aug 2019 21:31 UTC
23 points
2 comments4 min readEA link

Prob­lem area re­port: Pain

Sid Sharma13 Nov 2020 19:26 UTC
106 points
5 comments50 min readEA link

Log­a­r­ith­mic Scales of Plea­sure and Pain: Rat­ing, Rank­ing, and Com­par­ing Peak Ex­pe­riences Suggest the Ex­is­tence of Long Tails for Bliss and Suffering

algekalipso11 Aug 2019 3:49 UTC
104 points
21 comments41 min readEA link

Notes from “Cog­ni­tion, welfare, and the prob­lem of in­ter­species com­par­i­sons”

BarryGrimes16 Nov 2021 9:17 UTC
27 points
0 comments11 min readEA link

How to Mea­sure Ca­pac­ity for Welfare and Mo­ral Status

Jason Schukraft1 Jun 2020 15:01 UTC
65 points
19 comments41 min readEA link

[Question] What was the first be­ing on Earth to ex­pe­rience suffer­ing?

BarryGrimes10 Jul 2020 8:05 UTC
12 points
4 comments1 min readEA link

Re­search Sum­mary: The In­ten­sity of Valenced Ex­pe­rience across Species

Jason Schukraft11 Nov 2020 17:26 UTC
49 points
6 comments4 min readEA link

In­creas­ing Ac­cess to Pain Relief in Devel­op­ing Coun­tries—An EA Perspective

Lee_Sharkey31 Jan 2017 16:13 UTC
72 points
19 commentsEA link

Is pain just a sig­nal to en­list al­tru­ists?

Ben_West1 Oct 2019 21:25 UTC
65 points
9 comments4 min readEA link

New book — “Suffer­ing-Fo­cused Ethics: Defense and Im­pli­ca­tions”

MagnusVinding31 May 2020 9:27 UTC
95 points
20 comments3 min readEA link

OPIS policy pa­per: Le­gal­is­ing ac­cess to psilo­cy­bin for the treat­ment of cluster headaches

jonleighton12 Nov 2020 11:10 UTC
43 points
5 comments1 min readEA link

The un­think­able ur­gency of suffering

aaronb5026 Jun 2021 0:14 UTC
33 points
9 comments6 min readEA link

De­tect­ing Mo­rally Sig­nifi­cant Pain in Non­hu­mans: Some Philo­soph­i­cal Difficulties

Jason Schukraft23 Dec 2018 17:49 UTC
65 points
8 commentsEA link

[Question] Is it suffer­ing or in­vol­un­tary suffer­ing that’s bad, and when is it (in­vol­un­tary) suffer­ing?

MichaelStJules22 Jun 2020 16:41 UTC
10 points
9 comments1 min readEA link

OPIS ini­ti­a­tive on ac­cess to psilo­cy­bin for cluster headaches

jonleighton10 Sep 2020 8:22 UTC
57 points
5 comments3 min readEA link

S-risk FAQ

Tobias_Baumann18 Sep 2017 8:05 UTC
29 points
8 commentsEA link

The Sub­jec­tive Ex­pe­rience of Time: Welfare Implications

Jason Schukraft27 Jul 2020 13:24 UTC
94 points
13 comments63 min readEA link

EA read­ing list: suffer­ing-fo­cused ethics

richard_ngo3 Aug 2020 9:40 UTC
41 points
3 comments1 min readEA link

A re­view of what af­fec­tive neu­ro­science knows about suffer­ing & valence. (TLDR: Affec­tive Neu­ro­science is very con­fused about what suffer­ing is.)

MikeJohnson13 Jan 2017 2:01 UTC
21 points
19 commentsEA link

Re­search Sum­mary: The Sub­jec­tive Ex­pe­rience of Time

Jason Schukraft10 Aug 2020 13:28 UTC
70 points
6 comments4 min readEA link

[Question] Shifts in sub­jec­tive well-be­ing scales?

Milan_Griffes18 Aug 2020 18:27 UTC
31 points
7 comments1 min readEA link

[Link] Philan­thropy, psychedelics and effec­tive altruism

andzuck22 May 2019 5:54 UTC
11 points
0 comments1 min readEA link

[Link] How un­der­stand­ing valence could help make fu­ture AIs safer

Milan_Griffes8 Oct 2020 18:53 UTC
22 points
2 comments3 min readEA link

Differ­ences in the In­ten­sity of Valenced Ex­pe­rience across Species

Jason Schukraft30 Oct 2020 1:13 UTC
83 points
37 comments80 min readEA link

First S-Risk In­tro Seminar

stefan.torges8 Dec 2020 9:23 UTC
63 points
2 comments1 min readEA link

Longter­mism which doesn’t care about Ex­tinc­tion—Im­pli­ca­tions of Be­natar’s asym­me­try be­tween pain and pleasure

jushy19 Dec 2020 12:31 UTC
17 points
11 comments1 min readEA link

Health and hap­piness re­search top­ics—Part 3: The sHALY: Devel­op­ing sub­jec­tive wellbe­ing-based health metrics

Derek30 Dec 2020 15:27 UTC
36 points
4 comments42 min readEA link

How can we re­duce s-risks?

Tobias_Baumann29 Jan 2021 15:46 UTC
37 points
3 comments1 min readEA link

Blame­wor­thi­ness for Avoid­able Psy­cholog­i­cal Harms

Cullen_OKeefe9 Feb 2021 2:46 UTC
38 points
13 comments9 min readEA link

Michael Plant: What are the best ways to im­prove world hap­piness?

EA Global3 Nov 2017 7:43 UTC
8 points
1 comment1 min readEA link

Max Daniel: Why s-risks are the worst ex­is­ten­tial risks, and how to pre­vent them

EA Global2 Jun 2017 8:48 UTC
6 points
0 comments1 min readEA link

Suffer­ing in An­i­mals vs. Humans

Brian_Tomasik15 Aug 2017 0:03 UTC
15 points
0 comments6 min readEA link

A ty­pol­ogy of s-risks

Tobias_Baumann21 Dec 2018 18:23 UTC
25 points
1 comment1 min readEA link

Should Chronic Pain be a cause area?

mariushobbhahn18 May 2021 11:31 UTC
59 points
13 comments12 min readEA link

If Su­per­po­si­tions can Suffer

EricBlair21 Oct 2021 20:37 UTC
10 points
9 comments7 min readEA link

Quick gen­eral thoughts on suffer­ing and consciousness

RobBensinger30 Oct 2021 18:09 UTC
9 points
3 comments21 min readEA link

The ap­pli­ca­bil­ity of transsen­tien­tist crit­i­cal path analysis

Peter Sølling11 Aug 2020 11:26 UTC
0 points
2 comments32 min readEA link

AMA: To­bias Bau­mann, Cen­ter for Re­duc­ing Suffering

Tobias_Baumann6 Sep 2020 10:45 UTC
48 points
45 comments1 min readEA link

A brief look at re­duc­ing the effi­ciency of genocides

NLHeath11 Nov 2020 18:07 UTC
34 points
5 comments9 min readEA link

Health and hap­piness re­search top­ics—Part 1: Back­ground on QALYs and DALYs

Derek9 Dec 2020 0:38 UTC
109 points
6 comments76 min readEA link

Health and hap­piness re­search top­ics—Part 2: The HALY+: Im­prov­ing prefer­ence-based health metrics

Derek3 Jan 2021 15:08 UTC
48 points
3 comments81 min readEA link

How much (phys­i­cal) suffer­ing is there? Part II: Animals

mariushobbhahn10 Jan 2021 12:48 UTC
10 points
4 comments15 min readEA link

How much (phys­i­cal) suffer­ing is there? Part I: Humans

mariushobbhahn10 Jan 2021 12:47 UTC
9 points
4 comments11 min readEA link

The Im­por­tance of Ar­tifi­cial Sentience

Jamie_Harris3 Mar 2021 17:17 UTC
53 points
10 comments11 min readEA link

Sharks prob­a­bly do feel pain: a re­ply to Michael Tye and others

Max_Carpendale4 Feb 2019 13:51 UTC
21 points
1 commentEA link

Why I think the Foun­da­tional Re­search In­sti­tute should re­think its approach

MikeJohnson20 Jul 2017 20:46 UTC
33 points
78 commentsEA link

Reliev­ing ex­treme phys­i­cal pain in hu­mans – an op­por­tu­nity for effec­tive funding

jonleighton10 Oct 2018 12:28 UTC
35 points
14 commentsEA link

Ge­netic En­hance­ment as a Cause Area

Galton25 Dec 2019 11:30 UTC
98 points
19 comments12 min readEA link

Risk fac­tors for s-risks

Tobias_Baumann13 Feb 2019 17:51 UTC
38 points
3 comments1 min readEA link

Is Suffer­ing Con­vex?

Davidmanheim21 Oct 2018 11:44 UTC
13 points
16 commentsEA link

PAF: Opi­oid Epidemic

egastfriend13 Mar 2019 13:25 UTC
12 points
4 comments1 min readEA link

High Time For Drug Policy Re­form. Part 2/​4: Six Ways It Could Do Good And An­ti­ci­pat­ing The Objections

MichaelPlant10 Aug 2017 19:34 UTC
14 points
15 commentsEA link

Suffer­ing re­lief vs life extension

drbrake19 Nov 2018 16:55 UTC
5 points
1 commentEA link

David Pearce: Abo­li­tion­ist bioethics

EA Global28 Aug 2015 16:14 UTC
13 points
0 comments1 min readEA link

In­tac­tivism as a po­ten­tial Effec­tive Altru­ist cause area?

Question Mark26 Jun 2021 7:21 UTC
3 points
8 comments3 min readEA link

In­ver­te­brate pain and suffer­ing: What do anal­gesic stud­ies tell us?

Timothy Chan22 Sep 2021 16:52 UTC
32 points
3 comments11 min readEA link

What Is It Like For An­i­mals To Suffer?

ozymandias22 Jun 2021 7:00 UTC
9 points
0 comments1 min readEA link

The prob­lem of ar­tifi­cial suffering

Martin Trouilloud24 Sep 2021 14:43 UTC
40 points
3 comments9 min readEA link

Prevent­ing low back pain with exercise

Ryan Kidd28 Sep 2021 5:00 UTC
5 points
4 comments2 min readEA link

[Creative Writ­ing Con­test] What Mother Doesn’t Want Happy Chil­dren?

Zmavli Caimle30 Oct 2021 4:55 UTC
1 point
0 comments4 min readEA link
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