Accession Number:

ADA522015

Title:

Physical and Metaphysical Counterfactuals

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

CALIFORNIA UNIV LOS ANGELES DEPT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2010-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

13.0

Abstract:

In a previous publication I showed that counterfactuals grounded in decision making can be given interpretation in terms imaging - a process of mass-shifting among possible worlds. This paper elaborates on this interpretation and shows the converse imaging can be given an interpretation in terms of a stochastic decision policy in which agents choose actions with certain probabilities. This mapping, from the metaphysical to the physical, should be helpful in assessing whether metaphysically-inspired extensions of current interventional theories are warranted in a given decision making situation.

Subject Categories:

  • Cybernetics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE