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Superior beings : if they exist, how would we know?: game-theoretic implications of omniscience, omnipotence, immortality, and incomprehensibility

Author: Steven J Brams
Publisher: New York : Springer-Verlag, ©1983.
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I believe the mathematical theory of games, which has little to do with the frivolity and playfulness we normally associate with games, provides a powerful tool for clarifying the key theo- logical  Read more...

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Brams, Steven J.
Superior beings.
New York : Springer-Verlag, ©1983
(OCoLC)743258566
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Steven J Brams
ISBN: 0387912231 9780387912233 0387908773 9780387908779 3540908773 9783540908777 3540912231 9783540912231
OCLC Number: 9557178
Description: xviii, 202 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: I. Introduction --
II. The rationality of belief in a superior being --
The revelation game --
The revelation game paradox --
The knowability games --
Belief in an uncertain world --
III. Omniscience and partial omniscience --
some effects of omniscience --
Newcomb's problem --
Which principle, and is there a conflict? --
Newcomb's problem symmetricized: Prisoners' dilemma --
A solution to prisoner's dilemma --
Cooperation or noncooperation? --
Implications of mutual predictability for SB and P --
IV. The paradox of omniscience and the theory of moves --
The paradox of omniscience --
A resolution of the paradox of omniscience --
Theory of moves --
A second paradox: moves may provide no resolution --
V. Omnipotence: moving and staying power --
Moving power --
Is there a paradox of moving power? --
Theological interpretations of moving power --
Staying power --
An algorithm for determining S-power outcomes --
M-power versus S-power in the commitment game and other situations --
VI. Immorality and incomprehensibility --
Threats and immorality --
Repeated plays --
Threat power in the punishment game: When immorality is decisive in an asymmetrical game --
Deception by the superior being --
The truth game and the problem of evil --
VII. Superior beings: They may be undecidable --
Undecidability --
Arbitrariness and undecidability.
Responsibility: Steven J. Brams.

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