Re: Many-worlds (was Re: [sl4] Re: Uploads coming first would be good, right?)

From: Stathis Papaioannou (
Date: Sun Mar 08 2009 - 17:32:56 MDT

2009/3/9 Matt Mahoney <>:
> The human brain computes probability based on a model that assumes that memories accurately reflect the past and that the past predicts the future. Suppose you are given a choice of (A) being tortured, and then having the memory of the torture erased, or (B) not being tortured, but then having a false memory of torture programmed into your brain. Our model says that after many trials you will consistently choose (A) even if you prefer not to be tortured.

If you knew what was going on you would choose (B). If you didn't you
would have no reason to choose (B) over (A).

Stathis Papaioannou

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