On Sat, Jan 18, 2014 at 05:56:23PM +1300, LizR wrote:
> On 18 January 2014 13:33, Russell Standish <li...@hpcoders.com.au> wrote:
> 
> > On Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 04:08:08PM -0800, Edgar L. Owen wrote:
> > > Russell,
> > >
> > > PS: On second thought maybe we don't agree completely. Though free will
> > is
> > > quantum random based (we agree on that), it doesn't mean that it is
> > > "irrational".
> > >
> > > If human actions and the actions of other biological organisms weren't
> > > basically rational they couldn't function or survive in the real actual
> > > world they live in....
> >
> > That is not true. Read up on the concept of Machiavellian
> > Intelligence. A modicum of irrationality is just what it takes to get
> > ahead in the world, it makes one less predictable to one's competitors.
> >
> 
> Russell, what you are saying here is that unpredictability is rational, not
> that "irrationality is what it takes to get ahead" !

No, I'm not. Rational agents are entirely predictable. They always
choose the best course of action, or fail to make a choice at
all ("it does not compute!"). They cannot behave unpredictably.

Cheers
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