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by Jessica Taylor 366 days ago | link | parent

Let me ask a more specific question. In your setup with the quantum event \(Q\) and the button \(B\), can you define the event \(E\) such that:

  1. The agent can influence \(E\) by biasing \(E\).
  2. The agent can’t influence \(E\) without biasing \(E\).

Clearly, \(E \neq Q\) and \(E \neq B\), so I don’t know what \(E\) is. (I interpreted you as saying there is such an \(E\); let me know if this is incorrect)



by Stuart Armstrong 360 days ago | link

You are correct and I’m wrong. The causal counterfactual is unbiased and uninfluenceable. The evidential counterfactual is both biased and influenceable. I’ll correct the post.

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