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Not so much a thought experiment as a single neuron misfire.
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A landmine, which when triggered, sets off an immense
explosion coupled with a blinding flash. After the initial shock
wears off, the victim will realize he is actually still alive. The
landmine will then play a short audio message explaining that
while the previous explosion was just a trick,
you are in fact
standing in a minefield of the more deadly variety. Shouldn't
you be somewhere else? Why are you fighting this war
anyway? Go home and stop acting a fool.
||Great idea! Particularly since the victim/survivor is almost certainly the one who made the decision on him being there!
||Or the message might tell him he was indeed dead and going to hell, but he'd have to wait a bit as there was a queue.
||Contrary to what it may seem, landmines aren't really
used as a direct anti-personnel weapon. Rather,
they're generally used for area denial and to slow
down incoming enemies. As such, minefields are
generally (and are, in fact, required to be by the
Geneva convention) prominently marked as such. So
under normal circumstances, a combatant shouldn't
be setting off a mine. Much more likely that the
mine would be triggered by an innocent civilian long
after the minefield is forgotten about, in which case
this would merely (and quite literally) add insult to
||Psychological warfare of this type is extremely common,
but nobody goes to such elaborate measures; they usually
just broadcast it over a loudspeaker.
||Flash-bang landmines are WKTE, although they aren't
generally called 'mines' these days.
||Of course they could simply convince you that you are immortal.
||I think any message delivered to the recently impaired auditory faculties of the "victim" might fall on deaf ears.
||(The landmine then dispenses an abundance of yo-yo's
to keep you occupied,even if one was to explode
within the region of Mathamangalam whilst "yo-