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• Jim, if you buy ticket XYZ, then you have made a choice. Whether it is a good choice or a bad choice is dependent upon the result. It is that result that
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Jim,

if you buy ticket XYZ, then you have made a choice. Whether it is a good
choice or a bad choice is dependent upon the result. It is that result that
creates your world as you perceive it. I would not buy the ticket, since
weighed against the expectation of say buying a hamburger to feed my
stomach, provides a higher value.

I forget most the lectures on choice making from university, but it goes
something like this:

You can apply a value to what you may choose and weigh it with a factor of
expectation.

One possible result is to get that gazillion dollars for your buck. Let say
it is a million dollars to make it easy. But the expectation of actually
winning is one in say 100 million. Thus the value of that choice is only
1/100 million times 1 million = 1 cent.

The second choice is to keep the buck in your pocket. That you will
continue to have that buck in your pocket is an absolute certainty.
Therefore the value of that choice is one buck. And the decision is
obvious. You choose to keep the buck, since it choice of higher value. The
same process would apply in deciding whether to spend the buck on a
hamburger.

If you now consider the buying of the ticket to have some esoteric value in
the sense of improving your happiness, then you would have to establish
factors for the new set of expectations. And then it all depends upon how
you wish to obtain happiness. For some, the hope of winning may have a
higher factor than a full tummy. And now we get into the whole realm of the
importance that you put on things. The error is not so much a matter of the
actual results for which you have expectation, but rather how much
importance you put on any of them.

eduard
-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Aiden [mailto:livewild@...]
Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2001 4:29 PM
To: existlist@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [existlist] Re: Tabby Cat

Eduard,

In the purest sense of the word choice, I can select ticket XYZ
that will allow me to win 300 Gazzilion dollars in the Powerball
lottery or I can select ticket B, which will cause me to lose a buck.
Yes that is a choice but it is more of a random gamble. It's not even
an informed guess.

I find that Existentialist perspective predominately uses choice in
an informed manner. I choose to risk that dollar for the small chance
that I might win. That is not a guess. That can be very much
quantified, measured and predicted.

If I walk upto the buy a lottery ticket at the World Trade Center
on Sept.11th and a building falls on me, I did not make that choice.

J.Aiden

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