From the third person perspective, the annihilation of the 10^100 copies
could be seen as 10^100 dead ends. (In fact, when I originally proposed this
experiment, Hal Finney thought it represented the ultimate in mass murder.)
If I were one of the 10^100, however, I wouldn't be worried in the slightest
about the prospect of dying, because as long as at least one copy survives,
this guarantees that I survive. This may go again intuition, but if you give
up the notion of an immaterial soul, there is no reason why there should be
a one to one relationship between earlier and later versions of a person.
Le 11-déc.-05, à 11:58, Stathis Papaioannou a écrit :
You find yourself alone in a room with a light that alternates red/green
with a period of one minute. A letter in the room informs you that every
other minute, 10^100 copies of you are created and run in parallel for one
minute, then shut down. The transition between the two states (low
measure/ high measure) corresponds with the change in the colour of the
light, and you task is to guess which colour corresponds to which state.
The problem is, whether the light is red or green, you could argue that
you are vastly more likely to be sampled from the 10^100 group. You might
decide to say that *both* red and green correspond to the larger group,
because if you say this 10^100 copies in the multiverse will be correct
and only one copy will be wrong. But clearly, this tyranny of the majority
strategy brings you no closer to the truth. If you tossed a coin, at least
you would have a 1/2 chance of being right.
Yes but this is due to the "shut down". (if I got correctly your
experiment).The probabilities can be taken only on the stories without
dead-ends, and I guess you consider the shut down as sort of "absolute
I know this is hard to believe, but apparently we are "conscious" only
because we belong to a continuum of infinite never ending stories ...
I don't believe this, but then that's what the lobian machine's "guardian
angel" G* says about that: true and strictly unbelievable.
Do you accept that your argument won't go through if the shut down are
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