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Cooperation and Defection in the SSC Prisoner’s Dilemma

Cooperation and Defection in the SSC Prisoner’s Dilemma

In this year’s Slate Star Codex annual survey Scott Alexander tabled a prisoner’s dilemma exercise with a difference: there was real money at stake. Two of the several thousand people who take the survey would be randomly selected to ‘play’ the game, using the answers they had submitted, with the outcome being that they would win between $100 and $1000. Scott, in fact, set three different, closely related prisoner’s dilemma type exercises, presumably to see whether results differed. They were:…

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Endless surrenders?

Endless surrenders?

There’s a situation I observe that has a strange symmetry. Very often I’ll read someone on the left lamenting a series of endless surrenders to the right, such that officially left wing parties now embrace policies that once were considered right wing. They point to privatisation, immigration laws and casualisation of labour and say that forty years ago Jeremy Corbyn’s policies would be considered fairly moderate. And at the same time, I’ll often read someone on the right lamenting a…

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