There are many ways to escape from this scenario. If you are Tookie, you
will find yourself shunted into increasingly less likely situations: not
being caught in the first place; being caught but not being found guilty;
being sentenced to death but getting off on appeal; being pardoned by the
Governer at the last moment; finding that you are one of the 1/billion
people who have a natural resistance to the lethal agent. If that all falls
through, you might find that your arrest and execution was all part of a
dream, or that you were actually executed but your head was preserved and
you were resurrected as a computer upload in the future, or you were
resurrected as a result of brute force emulation of every possible human
mind in the very far future. These latter possibilities may be more likely
than quantum tunneling to a tropical island, but in the final analysis,
however unlikely the escape route may be, if its probability is non-zero,
then it *has* to happen, doesn't it?
Jonathan Corgan wrote:
Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
> In the multiverse, only other people end up in dead ends.
Kind of makes you wonder what Tookie is doing right now. To us, he died
as a result of lethal injection.
What sort of successor observer-moments can follow a thing like that?
Better question--what is the most likely type of 1st-person
observer-moment that would follow experiencing lethal injection?
Sure, there is an infinitesimal probability that all his constituent
particles quantum-tunneled to a Pacific island paradise and right now
somewhere in the multiverse he's enjoying a drink with an umbrella in
it, thanking the fine State of California for his new life.
More likely, but still infinitesimally small, is the probability that
only the molecules of toxin in the injection syringe quantum-tunneled
away and right now there are execution officials puzzling over whether
to pardon him after this "act-of-God" miraculous reprieve from death.
But seriously, when the overwhelmingly vast majority of successor
moments to an instant in time are all 3rd-person dead-ends, what would
would be an example of a high-expectation 1st-person successor
observer-moment from the tiny sliver of physically possible (but
extremely unlikely) ones left?
Is there in fact always one left, no matter how unlikely?
Express yourself instantly with MSN Messenger! Download today - it's FREE!