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Title: The Supertask of an Infinite Lottery
Author(s): KERKVLIET, Timber
Journal: Logique et Analyse
Volume: 236    Date: 2016   
Pages: 415-425
DOI: 10.2143/LEA.236.0.3186064

Abstract :
We mathematically model the supertask, introduced by Hansen (2014; 2015), in which an infinity of gods together select a random natural number by each randomly removing a finite number of balls from an urn, leaving one final ball. We show that this supertask is highly underdetermined, i.e. there are many scenarios consistent with the supertask. In particular we show that the notion of uniformity for finitely additive probability measures on the natural numbers emerging from this supertask is unreasonably weak.

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