Board Game: Friday the 13th [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1058]
Charles Rayburn
United States
Cleveland
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Kavka's Toxin Paradox


Are your intentions really your intentions?


He places before me a vial of toxin that, if I drink it, will make me painfully ill for a day, but will not threaten my life or have any lasting effects. . . . The billionaire will pay me one million dollars tomorrow morning if, at midnight tonight, I intend to drink the toxin tomorrow afternoon. He emphasizes that I need not drink the toxin to receive the money; in fact, the money will already be in my bank account hours before the time for drinking it arrives, if I succeed. . . . All I have to do is . . . intend at midnight tonight to drink the stuff tomorrow afternoon. I am perfectly free to change my mind after receiving the money and not drink the toxin.
A possible interpretation: Can you intend to drink the toxin, if you know you don't have to?
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