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Perplexed comments on Your Strength as a Rationalist - Less Wrong

69 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 11 August 2007 12:21AM

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Comment author: Perplexed 23 July 2010 01:19:30AM *  9 points [-]

Thank you, Eliezer. Now I know how to dissolve Newcomb type problems. (http://lesswrong.com/lw/nc/newcombs_problem_and_regret_of_rationality/)

I simply recite, "I just do not believe what you have told me about this intergalactic superintelligence Omega".

And of course, since I do not believe, the hypothetical questions asked by Newcomb problem enthusiasts become beneath my notice; my forming a belief about how to act rationally in this contrary-to-fact hypothetical situation cannot pay the rent.

Comment author: Ezekiel 09 January 2012 12:32:33AM 2 points [-]

Fair enough (upvoted); but I'm pretty sure Parfit's Hitchhiker is analogous to Newcomb's Problem, and that's an absolutely possible real-world scenario. Eliezer presents it in chapter 7 of his TDT document.