Ignoring paradoxes and the like, imagine your future self walks into the room, provides overwhelming evidence that they are in fact a future incarnation of you.

They then tell you to do something you would NEVER decide to do on your own (e.g. quit your awesome job, divorce your wonderful spouse, murder someone, poke out your own eyes, take your pick). They promise that it will all work out for the best if you.

Do you do it? Do you trust yourself?

@saramg so this is a scenario where the future me is able to incontrovertibly prove it's me and instructs me to do something drastic but is not providing a rationale? Is that a technical limitation or even after I ask for a rationale, I'm told that knowing the rationale undoes the scheme somehow?

Assuming future me refuses to tell me, it might be a scenario where I've turned evil in the future and trapping myself in a deterministic loop... I refuse to do it.


@saramg but future me knows that's how I would react so maybe it's reverse psychology. I get stuck in a game theory paralysis through analysis downward spiral and that implosion gives rise to time travel.

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