Thursday, March 06, 2014

Pain Trumps Pleasure

I've been working with a pain/pleasure type feedback system lately and one of the problems I was working on was requiring me to determine if pleasure could be meaningful when consecutive with pain, or if pain necessarily disrupts the pleasure which only returns when the pain is removed.  Decisions were made related to the code goals but the question was interesting, I've found myself thinking about it several times since then.  I also feel a bit more appreciative of the potential depth of Epicurus's philosophy.

must a moment be free of pain
before we can call it pleasurable?