[extropy-chat] examples of rational irrationalism
jef at jefallbright.net
Sat Dec 9 20:29:00 UTC 2006
Lee Corbin wrote:
> Stuart writes
>> Well if you are engaged in a game (survival, stock market,
>> tennis, parcheesi, it's all the same), the utility of any
>> particular "move" is generally your "score".
>> A rational player is defined as a player who makes moves
>> to raise ones score and draw closer to winning the game.
>> To make moves intent on lowering ones score and losing the
>> game is thereby irrational
> I concur. But too many people on this list refuse to use
> our meanings of the word "rational", as in the good example
> you've provided.
> I'm afraid it's time to abandon ship. Words are like
> ball-bearings on a skating rink: to get anywhere, you have
> to tread carefully and be especially wary of putting too much
> weight on any one of them.
Words are like a scaffolding, allowing one to climb higher and
See farther than before -- IF the scaffolding is sound.
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