Date sent: Thu, 8 Apr 2004 05:56:09 -0700 (PDT)

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Toby: > it is irrelevant to political economy which we are discussing, we have to have some limits to this discussion

Roger: Hardly irrelevant since it applies to human-human interaction on the individual, day-to-day level. Humans can use Prisoner's Dilemma to make rational choices. It is an alternate to Communism (deciding based on Marx/Engles writings), Christianity (deciding based on Good-evil), and a few other deciding processes.

It's appeal is that it's universal enough to apply to inter-species relations, too, and it has good predictive value.

but is it optimizing or zero sum? personally i don't think zero sum has much validity, but it has predicative value since people often think they are in zero sum; the same applies to prisoner's dilemma it's a false dicotomy for most situations, although those situations can be created, hence "prisoners' diliemma"

> give me a farily narrow topic

Intelligent Design

coming up

 

Date sent: Thu, 8 Apr 2004 06:05:30 -0700 (PDT)

Toby: > first tell me who is behind it; NEA pr amptjerjogj scjpp; teacher organization? Is any of the stuff peer reviewed?

Roger: Well... you could take a look at the "About" section on the web site, or I could copy the About section from the web site and e-mail it to you...

Come on! Take ten minutes to look at the web site, and decide for yourself who's behind it! It's not like this one of ten or fifteen recommendations.

I'll ask to you take note of three things in what is presented on the web site and in the magazine:

a) the tone, and the assumptions behind the topics that are being written about.

b) How important predictive value is to what is being researched, and

c) how absent Intelligent Design concepts are from any of the discussions.

The parts Roger has written are in italics. The parts Toby has written are in normal text.

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