Correct. If you have the winning strategy in a game of checkers doesn't 
really matter whether your opponent can predict it or not, you still will 
win. In many situations if your opponent can predict you will win he won't 
e.g. fire the first nuke. So being predictable is advantageous in many such 


On Sunday, January 19, 2014 4:56:47 PM UTC-5, Brent wrote:
>  On 1/18/2014 9:41 PM, Russell Standish wrote:
> 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.
> Why not.  Not having one's behavior predictable by others is often the 
> best course of action. Even not being able to predict one's own behavior 
> may be advantageous - and I would say that in general one's actions are not 
> highly predictable even by oneself.  I don't think your concept of rational 
> agent has much scope of application.  "Best course of action" can only be 
> defined relative to values which are themselves not ultimately rational (i.e. 
> there is no "best set of values") and can change even as actions are 
> taken and events unfold.
> Brent
> Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never 
> pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them.  
>     --- David Hume

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