Well, I guess it’s time to dust off an old classic for today’s Afternoon Inquisition; Newcomb’s paradox.
It’s simple. It’s thought-provoking. It’s revealing. And besides, I couldn’t think of anything else to ask you all today.
So . . . . Newcomb’s Paradox:
A highly superior being presents you with two boxes, one open and one closed. In the open box there is a thousand-dollar bill. In the closed box there is either one million dollars or there is nothing. You are to choose between taking both boxes or taking the closed box only.
But there’s a catch.
The being claims that he is able to predict what any human being will decide to do. If he predicted you would take only the closed box, then he placed a million dollars in it. But if he predicted you would take both boxes, he left the closed box empty. Furthermore, he has run this experiment with 9999 people before, and has been right every time.
What do you do?
This may seem like an easy problem, but there is a lot going on here. Let’s see you wrap your brain around it. And please include an explanation of your choice.