Game Theory, Rational Acting, Politics and Nature

Neoclassical economics perceives nature in terms of commodities: farm the land, trawl the sea, mine the crust; sell the stuff. Win. We’ve even calibrated economics to look at “winners” and ignore “losers”, so we are constantly selecting false stories of promise to continue selling the promise of economics. We often look at a hydroelectric dam… Continue reading Game Theory, Rational Acting, Politics and Nature

Are Dogs Rational Actors?

However, I told my friend I was going to devise an experiment to test the claim that dogs are rational actors. The experiment is this: over the next week I will place post-meal plates, bowls and saucepans on the floor as an offer to my labrador and then take them away randomly. Each item has different amounts of food on them.

Book Excerpt: Game Theory, Moral Intuitions and the Failure of Christianity

It is possible to argue that all superficially moral actions are actually selfish. The actors’ motives are issues of expecting a warm-fuzzy feeling, not being able to abide perceived injustice or suffering or just the mindset of not being comfortable with bad things happening. All of these have an internal locus of control, which is… Continue reading Book Excerpt: Game Theory, Moral Intuitions and the Failure of Christianity