On Sat, Jan 18, 2014 at 07:19:37AM -0800, Edgar L. Owen wrote:
> Russell,
> Yes, I'm familiar with that and just posted a journal reference to it. But 
> it's an incorrect understanding. What is really important here is RATIONAL 
> UNpredictability, not IRrationality.
> This is just rationally outsmarting your competitor by figuring out what he 
> thinks you are going to do and doing otherwise. This is a rational, not an 
> irrational, decision making process. It's exhibiting superior intelligence, 
> superior rationality.

That is rational. But if you can't afford the brainpower, another good
strategy is to act irrationally.

> On the other hand there are also cases, e.g. which way a pursued prey 
> turns, which are not necessarily calculated this way but just by choosing a 
> direction quasi-randomly and this does make it more difficult for the 
> pursuing predator to predict. But this is NOT IRrationality, it's just a 
> RATIONAL quasi-random process.

Random, quasirandom and pseudorandom processes are all irrational, by
definition. There is no rational process involved in making the choice.


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