[ExI] any exact copy of you is you + universe is infinite = youare guaranteed immortality

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Mon Jun 18 04:42:07 UTC 2007

On 18/06/07, Lee Corbin <lcorbin at rawbw.com> wrote:
> Stathis writes
> > In the first stage of an experiment a million copies of you are created.
> In
> > the second stage, after being given an hour to contemplate their
> situation,
> > one randomly chosen copy out of the million is copied a trillion times,
> and
> > all of these trillion copies are tortured.  At the start of the
> experiment
> > can you expect that in an hour and a bit you will almost certainly find
> > yourself being tortured or that you will almost certainly find yourself
> not
> > being tortured? Does it make any difference if instead of an hour the
> > interval between the two stages is a nanosecond?
> Thanks for a clarifying scenario.  I think that both the following are
> true:
> 1)  you will find yourself being tortured
> 2)  you will find yourself not being tortured
> It's easy to see from the birds-eye perspective that these two
> physical realizations will occur.  In other words, you will
> experience what all of you will experience, (with variously
> different memory retentions).
> What I don't know is how "surprised" those of me who are
> being tortured will be.

That's a good distinction. *Of course* versions of me will find themselves
being tortured as well as not being tortured, but how surprised should the
versions of me be in each case?

Stathis Papaioannou
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