2009/3/6 Jack Mallah <jackmal...@yahoo.com> wrote: >> If you're not worried about the fair trade, then to be consistent you >> shouldn't be worried about the unfair trade either. In the fair trade, one >> version of you A disappears overnight, and a new version of you B is created >> elsewhere in the morning. The unfair trade is the same, except that there is >> an extra version of you A' which disappears overnight. Now why should the >> *addition* of another version make you nervous when you wouldn't have been >> nervous otherwise? > > It's not the addition of the other copy that's the problem; it's the loss of > it. Losing people is bad.
How would the addition then loss of the extra copy be bad for the original, or for that matter for the disappearing extra copy, given that neither copy has any greater claim to being resurrected in the morning as B? >> That Riker's measure increased is not the important thing here: it is that >> the two Rikers differentiated. Killing one of them after they had >> differentiated would be wrong, but killing one of them before they had >> differentiated would be OK. > > That would be equivalent to U = Sum_i Q_i in which no changes in the > wavefunction matter at all, since M_i > 0 for all i no matter what. I don't > think you thought that one through. I don't agree with the way you calculate utility at all. If I got $5 every time I pressed a button which decreased my absolute measure in the multiverse a millionfold I would happily press the button all day. It would be easy money and I'd feel exactly the same afterwards, just $5 richer. On the other hand, if pressing the button decreased the measure of those versions of me having good experiences by 1% relative to the versions of me having bad experiences, then I wouldn't press it, and certainly not repeatedly. -- Stathis Papaioannou --~--~---------~--~----~------------~-------~--~----~ You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to everything-l...@googlegroups.com To unsubscribe from this group, send email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list?hl=en -~----------~----~----~----~------~----~------~--~---