Re: Travelling to a different universe

From: Marchal <>
Date: Wed Dec 26 04:45:17 2001

Saibal Mitra wrote:

> 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.

Just do the computation. At each suicide you will survive in the nearer
world from the one you left. That is: the more normal world
relatively to you.
Of course you will be sure that you live in such a universe, but you will
be wrong. If you stop to use the suicide machine you will stop winning
(unless you are using explicitely the suicide machine for filtering just
a world where you win without suicide machine, but then that is an another
Look at the iteration 64 times of simple self-duplication WM. Among
the 2^64 resulting person, one will believe ending up always at W, but
if you iterate *again* 32 times you know that this one will have 2^32 - 1
descendant knowing that the expection was wrong, and only one
believing (more and more) having been magically linked to Washington.

Received on Wed Dec 26 2001 - 04:45:17 PST

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