I’ve put together a new interactive activity at Philosophy Experiments. It’s here:
If you follow me on Twitter, then you’ll probably already have played through it. Thing is, I find it genuinely baffling, so I’m not sure I have much to say about it, other than see what you think.
You’ll see at the end that people simply don’t agree about the best answer – there is nothing like a crowd-sourced consensus here.
The activity is a version of Newcomb’s Paradox, which you can read about here. Apparently, Robert Nozick once said of the puzzle, "To almost everyone, it is perfectly clear and obvious what should be done. The difficulty is that these people seem to divide almost evenly on the problem, with large numbers thinking that the opposing half is just being silly."
For what it’s worth, I’m inclined towards the response that is slightly the more popular (see final analysis page).