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Forum: Techno-Babble 05 December 2016, 02:16 PM
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Posted By ganzfeld
There are so many great things about this...

There are so many great things about this problem, even though I hate it. It covers a lot of territory, not only in philosophy and math but getting almost into the axioms of economics and psychology....
Forum: Techno-Babble 05 December 2016, 01:43 AM
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Posted By ganzfeld
Teacher There are more serious problems to keep them busy...

There are more serious problems to keep them busy but philosophers have run out of handcuffs for shoplifters. So they all have to work on variations of Newcomb's problem.

And, no, I think you're...
Forum: Techno-Babble 04 December 2016, 09:07 PM
Replies: 46
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Posted By ganzfeld
I think you’re the one making the mistake. Maths...

I think you’re the one making the mistake. Maths and philosophy did advance quite a bit more after these discoveries, as did medicine after the discovery of the liver, but only because there were...
Forum: Techno-Babble 03 December 2016, 01:08 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 26,204
Posted By ganzfeld
It's a bit like higher mathematics. One never...

It's a bit like higher mathematics. One never knows when these ideas might come in handy. Every day now anyone who uses a major site on the Internet uses a very obscure property of prime numbers...
Forum: Techno-Babble 02 December 2016, 02:37 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 26,204
Posted By ganzfeld
The variations are interesting and all that stuff...

The variations are interesting and all that stuff about free will or physics is interesting. What's way more interesting to me are the psychological aspects, not only of the choice but even more...
Forum: Techno-Babble 01 December 2016, 10:41 PM
Replies: 46
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Posted By ganzfeld
That's what I did. What happens is others think...

That's what I did. What happens is others think you're complaining out their changes. Seems several people took my comment to mean I was saying the problem shouldn't be changed. Far from it. I...
Forum: Techno-Babble 30 November 2016, 01:34 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 26,204
Posted By ganzfeld
Psychic Well, if we're going to change the problem then...

Well, if we're going to change the problem then why not add a few more options:
1) The option of taking no box because, c'mon, ain't no body going to just give you a million dollars even if They can...
Forum: Techno-Babble 28 November 2016, 11:33 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 26,204
Posted By ganzfeld
I have read a few of his but it was several...

I have read a few of his but it was several decades ago. I was just looking at that shelf of books the other day, thinking "Do I wanna read all that stuff again? Nah." I'm more interesting in how the...
Forum: Techno-Babble 28 November 2016, 10:59 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 26,204
Posted By ganzfeld
Well, on second thought, not really. It's just a...

Well, on second thought, not really. It's just a question of whether free will (if it even exists) is likely to dominate in this specific decision. This seems like exactly the kind of decision humans...
Forum: Techno-Babble 28 November 2016, 09:37 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 26,204
Posted By ganzfeld
Agreed. I guess the fundamental question is...

Agreed. I guess the fundamental question is whether human decisions are knowable given all the information in the universe. Since the experimental evidence indicates that under certain conditions...
Forum: Techno-Babble 28 November 2016, 08:35 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 26,204
Posted By ganzfeld
Honest question not trying to be clever or...

Honest question not trying to be clever or snarky: What's the difference between supernatural powers and the powers of prediction mentioned in the premise?
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