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Solution: Newcomb’s Problem – in a nutshell.

April 3, 2019

Solution to Exercise

There is no good reason in itself to open one box rather than two. After all, what you decide now can’t change what is already in the box. But there is a good reason why you should be the type of person who only opens one box. And the best way to be the sort of person who only opens one box is to only open one box. For that reason, the way to win the £1000 is to agree to open just the opaque box and leave the other box untouched. Or is it? Why leave behind that £100 when the £1000 which you are about to win is either already in the box or not?

That’s Newcomb’s Paradox. There is no unambiguously correct decision.

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