On Sat, Nov 10, 2012 at 04:37:55PM -0800, meekerdb wrote:
> On 11/10/2012 3:56 PM, Russell Standish wrote:
> >But if it is rational to be irrational, is it possible to be rational any 
> >more?
> >
> No, but you're making a conundrum out of it.  The point is that it's
> rational to be non-deterministic.

Only for some extended, loose definition of "rational". The
non-deterministic choices themselves are not rationally determined.

I have never come across the term rational agent applying to a
stochastic one in the literature. By contrast, I see definitions such
as the one I quoted from Wikipedia's article indicating that rational
agents are strictly deterministic.

Do you have any contrasting references?

BTW - thank you for your response to Albert. Very aptly put!



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