Lewis, Peter J. (2009) A note on the Doomsday Argument. [Preprint]
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I argue that advocates of the Doomsday Argument are faced with a dilemma. If they accept the thirder position regarding self-location, then the Doomsday Argument fails; knowledge of birth rank has no effect on one’s credences concerning the survival of the human species. If they accept the halfer position regarding self-location, then the Doomsday Argument fails; knowledge of birth rank may confirm smaller total human populations over larger ones, but this is not equivalent to confirmation of a shorter future for humanity, and in fact the same evidence may confirm longer future human survival over shorter.
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|Keywords:||Doomsday Argument, Sleeping Beauty, confirmation, self-location.|
|Subjects:||General Issues > Confirmation/Induction|
|Depositing User:||Peter J. Lewis|
|Date Deposited:||13 Sep 2009|
|Last Modified:||07 Oct 2010 11:18|
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