Do Unto Others As They Do Unto You?
Law and politics should involve the application of principles that work. One of these principles is unexpectedly simple.
What is the best Biblical strategy as applied to the modern world? – to turn the other cheek, or to give an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth?
Freedom to Tinker has a nice posting on the Tit-for-Tat computer strategy in the game of Prisoners’ Dilemma and reports on a newly surfaced cheating variant which does not dislodge Tit-for-Tat from the strategy throne but which merely shows that cheating affects the results.
“For at least twenty years, the best-looking strategy has been Tit-for-Tat, in which one starts out by Cooperating and then copies whatever action the opponent used last. This strategy offers an appealing combination of initial friendliness with measured retaliation….”
In other words – optimally – do NOT turn the other cheek, but fight back in measure.
Freedom-to-Tinker points to the new variant that cheating in teams can raise some individuals of cheating teams above their normal strategic results, but as a whole, all individuals of cheating teams rank lower on average than teams of individuals who play by the optimal strategy but within the rules.
What this means is that very few profit by cheating in teams, and most lose.
This is just like in real life.
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