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Backward Causation, Isolation and the Pursuit of Justice

Cirkovic, Milan and Cveticanin, Suzana (2002) Backward Causation, Isolation and the Pursuit of Justice. [Preprint]

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The recent operationalization of the famous Newcomb's game by Schmidt (1998) offers an interesting and thought-provoking look at the plausibility of backward causation in a Newtonian universe. Hereby we investigate two details of the Schmidt's scenario which may, at least in principle, invalidate his conclusion in two different domains: one dealing with the issue of Newtonian predictability in specific instance of human actions, and the other stemming from a possible strategy aimed at obviating the anthropically oriented view of backward causation as applied to a judicial and ethical problem posed by a version of the scenario. We conclude that the scenario is at least to be more complex than originally presented in order to remain viable. However, it points to a very deep and delicate question of compatibility of backward causation with the conventional ethical standards.

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Item Type: Preprint
Cirkovic, Milan
Cveticanin, Suzana
Keywords: causation Newcomb's paradox predictability
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
Depositing User: Milan Cirkovic
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2002
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:11
Item ID: 942

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