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41 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 30 October 2007 02:50AM

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Comment author: jason_braswell 30 October 2007 01:37:10PM 3 points [-]

I'm unconvinced that the number is too large for us to think clearly. Though it takes some machinery, humans reason about infinite quantities all the time and arrive at meaningful conclusions.

My intuitions strongly favor the dust speck scenario. Even if forget 3^^^^3 and just say that an infinite number of people will experience the speck, I'd still favor it over the torture.