Re: virus: God and Level-3

Tony Hindle (
Sun, 30 Mar 1997 02:17:59 +0000

In message <>, David
McFadzean <> writes
>> From: Tony Hindle <>
>> Date: Friday, March 28, 1997 7:25 PM
>> Sometimes one needs to believe one will achieve a goal in
>> order to increase one's chance of achieving it.
>> Suppose we consider 100 such goals (including some
>> impossible goals). If person A never attemps self delusion they
>> will achieve say 50 of the goals. Person B who succeeds in
>> believing that they will achieve all 100, goes on to achieve 60.
>> Doesnt person B presents an example of occaisions when it
>> is better to believe something that isnt true? If not why not?
>What is the actual maximum number of goals A and B could
>achieve in reality?
A and B represent identical individuals in parallel but
identical universes. The universes diverge only at time t when B
believes all 100 goals are achievable and A believes (correctly)
only 50 (A's beliefs are therefore "truer"). All other factors in
both universes remain unchanged (except of course for the
"butterfly effect" of the consequences of the "belief-parting").
This is the best I can do to answer your question since
reality in this thought experiment diverges at time t.
> Maybe person C believes she can achieve 70
>and actually does achieve 70.
Maybe person C in a parralell identical universe becomes
person D, the only difference between C & D is that D is deluded
into believing she can achieve 100 and achieves 80.

Tony Hindle.
Reality is an illusion created by our senses.