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63 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 31 July 2009 04:25AM

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Comment author: JulianMorrison 31 July 2009 10:17:11AM 1 point [-]

The one world where the coin always flips heads.

Sucks to be them.

Comment author: wedrifid 01 August 2009 11:03:23AM 1 point [-]

Errr... no it doesn't? Heads means 'live'.

Comment author: JulianMorrison 02 August 2009 12:53:01AM 0 points [-]

Yes it does.

Flip? Two worlds.

N flips? 2**n worlds.

One world where it always flips heads. And every split, one of the two is thereafter forever disappointed. And quite possibly doomed, if too many assumptions are built on "heads". That world is a pain maker.

Comment author: wedrifid 02 August 2009 02:30:18AM *  2 points [-]

It sucks to be in any of the ~ 2**n worlds that are dead. This one is one that has defied the odds thus far and survived. Not only that, of all the worlds currently 'alive', this one is the one that went and summoned the guy that sounds like he's going to win once and for all. Sucks to be in the worlds that summoned Frodo.

In fact, once the dust is out of the way, they will have time to take a closer look at the immortal chick. That immortality should be reproducible.

Comment author: rkyeun 16 April 2014 04:09:55AM *  1 point [-]

Worlds where the hero wins, really truly wins, have no more Dust and need no more heroes. Worlds where the hero loses, and the Dust claims all, are no more. Only in worlds where the coin stands on edge does the cycle repeat.