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Sider's stage theory and expectancy prior to personal fission

Tappenden, Paul (2008) Sider's stage theory and expectancy prior to personal fission. [Preprint]

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According to Sider’s stage theory a subject about to undergo personal fission should expect to experience each outcome simultaneously as distinct persons. How is the subject to make sense of this ? I argue that their most paradigmatically self-interested future-directed behaviour, betting for personal gain, ought to be exactly the same as in equivalent games of chance where the possible outcomes correspond to the fission output branches. So this novel form of expectancy, albeit strange, can be a reliable guide to action


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Tappenden, Paul
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Keywords: Sider, stage theory, personal fission, chance, probability
Subjects: General Issues > Decision Theory
Depositing User: paul tappenden
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:16
Item ID: 3903
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3903

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