Saturday, April 18, 2009

There is Good Money in Civility

Yesterday after PR, some good folks from ABOTA came to talk to us about civility . . . which happens to be nothing more than game theory. To sum up the presentation and video:

  • If both sides are civil, both sides are better off;
  • To avoid incivility, signal your intent to abide by the rules of ABOTA from the outset;
  • If the opponent still attempts to use incivility to gain an advantage, you fuck them over when you get the chance.
It was the first time I've heard an economics lesson on prisoner’s dilemma and tit-for-tat strategy use anything like the phrase, "treat others, like Prof. Powell treats you."


Post a Comment

<< Home