February 15, 2010
        When society determines that someone has committed a criminal act, it punishes him in what it deems to be a manner appropriate to the crime, such as by incarcerating, fining, or perhaps even executing him.  What is the purpose of such punishment?  One purpose is to try to prevent future instances of criminal behavior.  A punishment is intended to effect this in one or more of at least three ways:
✔     On the supposition that the perpetrator is likely to commit further crimes, he is imprisoned or otherwise separated from society so that he cannot do so...
February 1, 2010
        We know that the Being in Newcomb's paradox has an uncanny ability to figure out what you will do, because such is stipulated in the statement of the paradox.  However, if we really encountered such a Being, there would be no such authoritative stipulation, and we would know only what we could infer by observing what he does.  If he offered two boxes to a large number of individuals and successfully foresaw what every one of them would do, we could reasonably conclude that he had an extraordinary ability to foresee but would be uncertain how he did it.  His superpower need not be a preternatural understanding of how people think...
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							                                Jethro Flench

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