On 04 Mar 2009, at 07:08, Stathis Papaioannou wrote:

> 2009/3/4 Bruno Marchal <marc...@ulb.ac.be>:
>> That is why the B people made a law, for helping those who
>> misunderstand the probability. If you decide (before duplication) to
>> kill the copy, the choice of victim/torturer is still decided through
>> a throw of a fair coin. This makes the decision unbiased by fake
>> protocols based on a bad understanding of what the comp probabilities
>> are.
> Yes, deciding which copy will take on which role by a coin toss would
> probably eliminate dynasties of torturers. This is an interesting
> point, since the fact that the coin toss is introduced does not
> actually do anything ta change the probability that you will end up
> being tortured, its effect being mainly psychological.

Absolutely so.
That is why, fundamentally, the B people illustrate a higher moral  
ethic. By allowing overlap, and delayed self-annihalation, they force  
the teleporter user to have a better idea of what he is going to do,  
even if they know they cannot have a complete knowledge or any  
certainties of what will happen. The A people, who disallow overlaps  
between copies and original, are more like: "let us use the comp  
theory without trying to think about what we are really doing". It is  
a bit the difference between those who say "yes" to the doctor after  
many explanations, and those who say "yes" to the doctor, but doesn't  
want to know what the doctor will precisely do. Of course I respect  
the two attitudes. I disrespect only the C people, who doesn't care  
about any person they feel different. The A people are ignorant, but  
does not ignore their ignorance. The C people are ignorant and ignore  
their ignorance. The B people, note, are ignorant, but try to be less  



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