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Mestroyer comments on Fixing akrasia: damnation to acausal hell - Less Wrong Discussion

2 Post author: joaolkf 03 October 2013 10:34PM

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Comment author: joaolkf 04 October 2013 12:39:24PM 1 point [-]

I don't believe it could work that way. If you don't precommit and you could have, your next observational moment will likely be of extreme suffering than not. It is rational to precommit, if you can, that's the whole issue. You are common sensing game theory. You cannot suddenly start choosing which consequences you accept or not from your model of rationality based on hidden intuitions. If you care to explain further your views in light of TDT os related theories, this could be a fruitful discussion (at least for me).

Comment author: Mestroyer 04 October 2013 09:14:22PM 3 points [-]

If my response to the situation you described is to precommit to whatever the blackmailer wants, that is what makes the blackmailer want to blackmail me in the first place. If every simulation of me shrugs and flips my blackmailer the bird, the blackmailer has no incentive to punish me. You can escape punishment if you are prepared to flip the bird and accept it before incentivizing it. There may be blackmailers that enforce their ultimatums whether or not you will respond to them, but in that case akrasia doesn't help.