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