Ben_Kuhn comments on Is effective altruism overlooking human happiness and mental health? I argue it is. - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: Lila 22 June 2016 08:24:30PM 0 points [-]

"hedonic adaptation applies to severe pain"

I find this implausible. Where's the citation?

Comment author: Ben_Kuhn 23 June 2016 08:41:17PM *  2 points [-]

Sorry. Severe pain may have been a bad example. However, for instance, paraplegia does exhibit hedonic adaptation (source) despite having a disability weight of 0.57 (source).

Comment author: Lila 23 June 2016 11:14:43PM 4 points [-]

A meta-analysis seems to contradict that (as well as claims in the OP): http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3289759/

Comment author: Ben_Kuhn 25 June 2016 02:17:35AM 3 points [-]

Good find. Should have known better than to trust well-established pysch findings. (sob) Thanks for the correction, I'll edit the OP.

Comment author: MichaelPlant 27 June 2016 05:11:16PM 0 points [-]

I'm not sure what you think this meta-analysis contradicts. Could you please be more precise?

Card on the table, I'm more interested in 'affective well-being' than 'cognitive well-being' as they call it - i.e. 'happiness' rather than 'life satisfaction - and I take the meta-analysis as being broadly in my favour.