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Quantum solution to the Newcomb's paradox

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  • Edward W. Piotrowski


  • Jan Sladkowski


We show that quantum game theory offers solution to the famous Newcomb's paradox (free will problem). Divine foreknowledge is not necessary for successful completion of the game because quantum theory offers a way to discern human intentions in such way that the human retain her/his free will but cannot profit from changing decision. Possible interpretation in terms of quantum market games is proposed.

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Paper provided by University of Bialtystok, Department of Theoretical Physics in its series Departmental Working Papers with number 10.

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  1. Edward W. Piotrowski & Jan Sladkowski, "undated". "Quantum-Like Approach to Financial Risk: Quantum Anthropic Principle," Departmental Working Papers 8, University of Bialtystok, Department of Theoretical Physics.
  2. E. W. Piotrowski & J. Sladkowski, 2001. "Quantum Market Games," Game Theory and Information 0103003, EconWPA.
  3. Edward W. Piotrowski & Jan Sladkowski, "undated". "Quantum Bargaining Games," Departmental Working Papers 5, University of Bialtystok, Department of Theoretical Physics.
  4. Edward W. Piotrowski & Jan Sladkowski, "undated". "Trading by Quantum Rules - Quantum Anthropic Principle," Departmental Working Papers 9, University of Bialtystok, Department of Theoretical Physics.
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