# How much money is your own life worth to you? page 6

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 @mxmm: You’re still not understanding my point. You say “you’d pay to _lose_ your life”, but you need to have a baseline case to compare it to in order to make that sort of statement. Paying zero dollars and living forever is _not_ a choice you can make. Trying to compare a choice you can make to one you cannot make is not something you should expect to yield a meaningful result. The model is not wrong, you’re applying it wrong. > *Originally posted by **[jitters](/forums/9/topics/32103?page=5#posts-971503):*** > > A student put across a query to Sozan, a Chinese Zen Master, “What is the most valuable thing in the world?” > > The master replied: “a dead cat.” > > The student asked, “Why is a dead cat the most valuable thing in the world?”. > > “Because no one can put a price on it” said Sozan. man. i was hoping this would be a schrodinger joke. :( > man. i was hoping this would be a schrodinger joke. Which reminds me. If I accepted \$1,000,000,000 to have a 50% chance of dying, greg, would that mean that I would be in a superstate of life and death until someone opens my bedroom door? Because I won’t settle for anything less. Jabor: I get your point. But you _can_ pay money to extend your life to less than a 1/27000 chance of dying (e.g., reduce the chance of getting killed by hiring a body guard.) You cannot extend it indefinitely, but without attributing something _special_ about the statistic 1/27000, your calculations of the total life value will be skewed. Not as much as my familes lives or my gf’s life. I’m not saying my life means nothing to me, I’m saying I would die trying to save my gf or my family. I would put other ppls lives b4 my own. Including my friends on Kong. > You cannot extend it indefinitely, but without attributing something special about the statistic 1/27000, your calculations of the total life value will be skewed. The only thing “special” about it is that it’s a point which we know is possible. You can equally use any other _possible_ option as a baseline, and get the same result. The flaw in your analysis is that you were comparing everything to an _impossible_ option. u cannot put a price on life. Uh, I’d want at least £100000000 pounds, were I to play that game once. Actually, I thought this thread would be more like ‘How much would you pay an armed person to not shoot you?’. If that were the case, I’d say £652.10 (thats how much the human body would be worth if you broke it down into it’s individual elements and priced them up from a chemical catalogue). But whatever. :P I’m worth at least \$10. 19 cents.