Drone November 2, 2016 1:13 AM

The “Prisoner’s Dilemma” game is defective to begin with. No rational prisoner would choose to betray his partner in crime without a solid guarantee of the reward reaped by doing so, not serving time. Such a guarantee precludes the possibility that both prisoners serve time by betraying each other, provided both receive identical offers under identical circumstances (player symmetry is preserved).

TJ November 2, 2016 5:27 AM

@Drone: Game Theory itself is defective.. Like social-psychology and applied and pure economics it looks like the key to to everything till you actually learn it and see everything is probability based on back-data(where the variables are actually factored)..

Impossibly Stupid November 2, 2016 9:27 AM

That’s some fine first-order thinking. Enjoy your extended time behind bars.

I’m not sure what you’re going on about. Game Theory is just a mathematical tool for analyzing complex systems. Don’t blame the tool if some people don’t know how to use it.

AlanS November 3, 2016 3:00 PM

@Impossible Stupid

It’s more than a tool. It’s part of a way of thinking about human behavior involving notions of rational choice that’s become dominant across multiple disciplines. As such it has become a means of veridiction.

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