# Resent: God (ABOUT NOZICK's..)

Prof. Gomes (*profgomes@geocities.com*)

*Wed, 14 Jan 1998 14:17:53*

*>At 00:15 13/01/98 +0000, you wrote:*

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*>>Philosopher Nozick mentions the following argument in one of his *

*>>books (Philosophical Explanations 1981): There are infinitely many *

*>>ways for there to be something, but only one way for there to be *

*>>nothing. Therefore, assuming each way is equally probable, the *

*>>probability that there is something equals 1.*

*>>*

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*>>________________________________________________*

*>>Nick Bostrom*

*>>n.bostrom@lse.ac.uk*

*>>*

*>> *Visit my transhumanist web site**

*>> http://www.hedweb.com/nickb*

*>>*

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*>I would like to comment the following about Mr. Nozick's affirmation:*

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*>First: an infinite set of *discrete* events, can never be equiprobable,*

*>since sum(p)=1. So any individual p=1/n >>> when n=oo...p=0...and*

*>sum(p)=0... (obvious contradiction...)*

*>*

*>Second: If we consider (continuous) probability distribuction function*

*>(p.d.f.'s) modelling,*

*>any individual point has correspondent probability zero... non-zero prob's*

*>arises just for intervals... So, Mr. Nozick's, maybe involuntarily, also*

*>affirmed :*

*>*

*>The ways for there to be something are not just infinite but also*

*>CONTINUOUS... (or it denies quantum theory...or a quantum universe would be*

*>just a subset of the whole complete universe ??? >>> it is better not*

*>taking philosophical wanders very seriously... :-) ) *

*>*

*>Last: Since the probability that there is _nothing_ is zero, a question*

*>arises>> nothing: exists or not ??? ( I always laugh a lot with certain*

*>philosophical questions... just based on NOZICK's affirmative, such*

*>question has no sense... )*

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*>*

*>Gomes.*

*>FMHPV ( from my humble point of view...) *

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