Re: Happiness (was Re: The meta-invisible hand)

Anders Sandberg (
24 Sep 1997 10:08:53 +0200

Eric Watt Forste <> writes:

> Keith Elis writes:
> >> Will there come a point in time when owning property becomes
> >> obsolete and there is not even a perceived link between wealth and
> >> happiness?
> Anders Sandberg replies:
> > Owning property, at least in the material sense, will become obsolete
> > once it can be manufactured or emulated so easily that there is no
> > point in hoarding it.
> You forget that you own your own body, in the material sense.

True. And my body will likely remain a scarce commodity until things
get very posthuman; there is only one of it, and I need it.

> People who have a less delicate attachment to the notion of
> property than you often (charmingly) seem to, think of their
> property as an extension of their bodies.

I wonder if they really see it as extensions of their bodies
(which is what Sasha would predict) or part of their territory
(which is what sociobiology would predict)?

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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