Bruno wrote:
> >> (a) A coin will be flipped tomorrow. If the result is 
> heads, you will 
> >> be tortured; if tails, you will not be tortured.
> >>
> >> (b) You will be copied 10 times tomorrow. One of the 
> copies will be 
> >> tortured, and the other 9 will not be tortured.
> >>
> >> By your reasoning, there is a 50% chance you will be 
> tortured in (a) 
> >> and a 100% chance you will be tortured in (b), so (a) is 
> better. But 
> >> I would say the probabilities are (a) 50% and
> >> (b) 10%, so (b) is clearly the better choice.
> >
> > Hmmmm...I'd disagree. Emotionally, (a) feels the better 
> choice to me; 
> > in (b) I'm definitely getting tortured, in (a) I may dodge 
> the bullet. 
> > On a purely objective basis (attempting to mimimize the amount of 
> > torture in the world),
> > (a) is also obviously superior.
> >
> > This would make an interesting poll. Who prefers (a) over (b)?
> 
> 
> With comp, and assuming the copies will never be copied again 
> and are immortal, then "b".

Ok, but why? Please explain your reasoning.

Jonathan Colvin

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