Dacyn

OK, that's fair, I should have written down the precise formula rather than an approximation. My point though is that your statement

the expected value of X happening can be high when it happens a little (because you probably get the good effects and not the bad effects Y)

is wrong because a low probability of large bad effects can swamp a high probability of small good effects in expected value calculations.

1mo10

I don't see why you say Sequential Proportional Approval Voting gives little incentive for strategic voting. If I am confident a candidate I support is going to be elected in the first round, it's in my interest not to vote for them so that my votes for other candidates I support will count for more. Of course, if a lot of people think like this then a popular candidate could actually lose, so there is a bit of a brinksmanship dynamic going on here. I don't think that is a good thing.

2mo10

The definition of a derivative seems wrong. For example, suppose that for rational but for irrational . Then is not differentiable anywhere, but according to your definition it would have a derivative of 0 everywhere (since could be an infinitesimal consisting of a sequence of only rational numbers).

But if they are linearly independent, then they evolve independently, which means that any one of them, alone, could have been the whole thing—so why would we need to postulate the other worlds? And anyway, aren’t the worlds supposed to be interacting?

Can't this be answered by an appeal to the fact that the initial state of the universe is supposed to be low-entropy? The wavefunction corresponding to one of the worlds, run back in time to the start of the universe, would have higher entropy than the wavefunction corresponding to all of them together, so it's not as good a candidate for the starting wavefunction of the universe.

No, the whole premise of the face-reading scenario is that the agent *can* tell that his face is being read, and that's why he pays the money. If the agent can't tell whether his face is being read, then his correct action (under FDT) is to pay the money if and only if (probability of being read) times (utility of returning to civilization) is greater than (utility of the money). Now, if this condition holds but in fact the driver can't read faces, then FDT does pay the $50, but this is just because it got unlucky, and we shouldn't hold that against it.

In your new dilemma, FDT does not say to pay the $50. It only says to pay when the driver's decision of whether or not to take you to the city depends on what you are planning to do when you get to the city. Which isn't true in your setup, since you assume the driver can't read faces.

3mo1212

a random letter contains about 7.8 (bits of information)

This is wrong, a random letter contains log(26)/log(2) = 4.7 bits of information.

Technically, it is not true that the prime numbers being multiplied need to be distinct. For example, 2*2=4 is the product of two prime numbers, but it is not the product of two distinct prime numbers.

This seems wrong: "neither can be definitively identified" makes it sound like they exist but just can't be identified...

Not true, e.g. 7 is safe but not Sophie Germain.