Posted: Nov 13, 2014 4:45 pm
by Thommo
Sendraks wrote:
surreptitious57 wrote:The spectrum therefore is more nuanced than you are allowing for.

I've been pretty clear in my posts that there are no empirical measures of suffering and that this is very much a personal experience. I've also covered that people can experience similar "suffering scenarios" in very different ways because of mental attitude. I've got the nuances covered thanks.

I sort of get what you mean, but it's not "empirical", what you're discussing here is that someone's subjective assessment of their experience, whether that be "pain", "discomfort" or "suffering" cannot (with current technology) be objectively verified. This isn't the same as saying it can't be empirically measured. Asking people to rate their discomfort is empirical, but not verifiable and thus subject to a lot of potential uncertainty and bias.