<br><br><div><span class="gmail_quote">On 02/06/07, <b class="gmail_sendername">neville late</b> <<a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org</a>> wrote:</span><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="border-left: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); margin: 0pt 0pt 0pt 0.8ex; padding-left: 1ex;">
<div>Having signed up to be cryonically suspended i wonder if future beings will reanimate humans to torture them in perpetua. The likelihood of such might be small, but just say there's a .001 risk of eating a certain food and going into convulsions lasting years-- would i eat that food? No.
</div> <div> I signed up to be suspended anyway yet always wonder about the direst of reanimation possibilities seeing as how we live in a multiverse not a universe, and all possibilities are conceivable. Though the risk is very small if one loses the odds and is tortured forever, death would seem like a wonderful priceless gift.
</div><span class="ad"></span></blockquote></div><br>The multiverse idea on its own would seem to imply the possibility of eternal torture, because it isn't possible to die. If you are involved in an accident, for example, in some universes you will die, in some universes you will escape unhurt, and in some universes you will live but be seriously and permanently injured. Let's say there is a 1/3 probability of each of these things happening: that means that subjectively, you have a 1/2 chance of finding yourself seriously injured, because you don't experience those universes in which you die. As you go through life, you come to multiple such branching points where there is a 1/2 subjective chance that you will survive but be seriously injured. Eventually, the probability that you will be seriously injured approaches 1, since the probability that you will survive n accidents unharmed is 1/2^n and approaches zero as n approaches infinity. There is no way you can escape this terrible fate, since even trying to kill yourself will at best have no subjective effect, at worst contribute to your misery when you find yourself alive but in pain after a botched suicide attempt.
<br><br clear="all"><br>-- <br>Stathis Papaioannou