Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
> Yet another QTI money-making scheme, this one rather less frightening
> than standard QS: you find a gambling game which is completely fair (easier
> said than done) and take with you the means of instant death, like a strong
> poison which you keep in your pocket. You place your bet all the while 
> repeating,
> "if I lose I'll kill myself". You're not crazy and you probably won't kill 
> yourself if
> you lose, but if it's a perfectly fair game, the non-zero chance that you 
> *might*
> kill yourself (because you say it to yourself and because you have the means)
> should, over many bets, swing the odds in your favour in the universes in 
> which
> you survive.

Then merely the small probability of commiting suicide in an
unfavourable universe because of psychological reasons would swing the
odds towards being in a favourable one. In addition, weak persons,
likely to commit suicide under harsh conditions, would have higher
probability of experiencing favourable histories.

However, you would not want to experience the suicide part. Otherwise,
what would any instance of you gain from actually doing it? Why would
it care for other instances of you reaping the benefits? Itself would
still suffer death. It might as well avoid all risk taking confort in
the idea that other instances are using the QTI money-making scheme or
are just being lucky. For the idea to make sense, it is key to avoid
experiencing anything after the dice are thrown.

In the factoring scheme you need some time to check the solution, so
you would end up checking the solution and by the time you find that
you have a wrong answer it is too late, bang and, if QTI holds,
miraculous escape. For the scheme to work, the solution being wrong
must be equivallent to you not existing. With original QTI and death
that is already the case.

> Stathis Papaioannou
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