Re: Travelling to a different universe

From: Saibal Mitra <>
Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2001 13:33:38 +0100

Some people will sell one of their kidneys for just a few thousand dollars.
If I were a multi-multi-multi-billionaire I should be able to buy a kidney
for me after the operation.

George Levy wrote:
> > Saibal Mitra wrote:
> >
> > Suppose that every week I subject myself to a suicide experiment. I
> > use a suicide machine to win that weeks lottery. After a few years I
> > will have won hundreds of times in succession.
> >
> > Now there exists a class of universes, with a very low measure, in
> > which the laws of physics are such that I am guaranteed to win. The
> > probability that I find myself in such a universe will have increased
> > substantially after each experiment. After a few years I will be sure
> > to live in such a universe. It would be easy to check, all I would
> > have to do is to buy a ticket and see if I have won without using the
> > suicide machine.
> >
> > Saibal
> Actually such universes are not too difficult to imagine. For example
> you could end up in a universe where you have a secret admirer in the
> lottery office, ie, the person who is programming the computer to
> generate the winning numbers and who has been arranging the outcome of
> the lottery to be in you favor. This person is a jilted lover who has
> never lost her love for you, and has decided that if she disturb your
> life enough by showering you with riches you might get a divorce from
> your wife and get back together with her. As it turns out she has a
> child who, unknown to you, was born after the torridly passionate affair
> you had with her while you were in college. The child is sick and the
> only cure is a transplant which can be provided only by a close
> relative. Her blood type made that transplant impossible but since your
> are type "O" you are the only person in the whole world who could save
> that child. So brace yourself Saibal, you are about to lose a kidney for
> the benefit of this newly found relative of yours. Oops but wait, there
> is an element of doubt as to whether you are the real father... Should
> you sacrifice yourself for the child of maybe another? Well, you are
> still in love with your previous girlfriend. So what should you do?
> By the way, this universe does not feel as if it has a low measure... It
> is just as arbitrary as the universe we live in now.
> George
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