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Forum: Techno-Babble 01 December 2016, 04:08 PM
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Posted By Richard W
The whole point of thought experiments is to...

The whole point of thought experiments is to change the assumptions and see what happens...
Forum: Techno-Babble 30 November 2016, 11:50 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 26,310
Posted By Richard W
That's sort of what I was getting at when I...

That's sort of what I was getting at when I proposed changing the "super-intelligent being" for a version of yourself (at an earlier time), too.
Forum: Techno-Babble 29 November 2016, 11:38 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 26,310
Posted By Richard W
... Too late to edit. I think you've got the...

... Too late to edit. I think you've got the "interesting" case with the money backwards, Errata. It comes when B only contains a little more money than A. For example, if A has 1 million, and B...
Forum: Techno-Babble 29 November 2016, 11:06 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 26,310
Posted By Richard W
Sort of... but tweaking the amount of money isn't...

Sort of... but tweaking the amount of money isn't necessarily an interesting change. Increasing B doesn't do much to the problem. If B potentially contains more than A, then you'd always be better...
Forum: Techno-Babble 28 November 2016, 11:17 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 26,310
Posted By Richard W
It does depend on your definition of free will,...

It does depend on your definition of free will, though. This is where I think reading some of Daniel Dennett's books helps. (By GenYus's definition, you're right, I don't "believe in free will", but...
Forum: Techno-Babble 28 November 2016, 10:07 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 26,310
Posted By Richard W
Indeed, thinking further about it, the problem is...

Indeed, thinking further about it, the problem is definitely one of free will versus determinism.

I'm still right, though. The "both boxes" answer assumes that the universe is deterministic and...
Forum: Techno-Babble 28 November 2016, 09:35 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 26,310
Posted By Richard W
Having read the rest of the article: So, ha,...

Having read the rest of the article:

So, ha, it's a problem to do with determinism, in disguise.

Funnily enough, I just finished reading Daniel Dennet's Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for...
Forum: Techno-Babble 28 November 2016, 09:25 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 26,310
Posted By Richard W
Without having read further in the article (or...

Without having read further in the article (or the rest of the thread), the extremely obvious answer (to me) would be to take box B only.

I can justify that to myself as (like most people) not...
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