Philosophy is a subject filled with mysteries and logic. A subject that many students try to avoid throughout their careers, yet every now and again, a challenging problem arises in Philosophy, and this one of them. This is Newcomb’s Problem.
The strange thing about Newcomb’s problem is that it leaves even the most learned of philosophers on two sides of the spectrum. No group can decide the logical choice, so naturally, I chose to share it with you dear readers to try and solve. Here is the problem:
You are on a game show and the host presents you with two boxes. One is see-through and one is not. In the see-through box, you can see $1000, and you are told that in the non-see-through box there is either $1,000,000 or nothing. You have two choices:
A) You take only the non-see-through box.
B) You take both boxes.
The choice is obvious, right? Choice B is clearly guarantees $1000 more than A, but then, the announcer says there’s a twist. A 99% accurate Newcomb’s Problem predictor has predicted what you would do today. If he predicted you would take choice A, he put $1,000,000 in the non-see-through box. If he predicted you would take choice B, he put nothing in it. Now it is not as easy, right?
This is why this has left a split down the philosophical community. Today, we will be putting this to the test. Fill in you answer in the poll below and if you want, put your reasoning in a comment below. Let’s see just how divided this question can be.
Which Choice Would You Take?
-The Anon Philosopher
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