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Newcomb’s Problem (Math Circle Teens 4)

  Newcomb’s Problem (Math Circle Teens 4) NOVEMBER 26, 2013 You have a choice of boxes.  Box A is transparent and contains $1,000.  Box B is opaque, and contains either $0 or $1,000,000.  You may take just the opaque box (Box B), thereby “one-boxing,” or you may take both boxes, thereby “two-boxing.”  A prediction has already been made about whether…

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Insuring your Soul (Math Circle Teens 3)

Insuring your Soul (Math Circle Teens 3) NOVEMBER 19, 2013 Imagine you are an adult professional gambler and have the opportunity to play the following game: “Pay $10 to roll a 5-sided die.  You win nothing if you roll a 1, 2, or 3; you get $20 for a 4 and $25 for a 5.  Should you play?” After debating…

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