• Low-caste men in India cooperate like college students

    9 days ago - By Ars Technica

    A diagram of the options in game theory's Stag Hunt.
    In the Discourses on the Origin of Inequality, the political philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau imagines a hypothetical prehistoric Stag Hunt. Each hunter working alone can catch a hare, but hares aren't very meaty. Working together a group can cooperate to take down a stag-but only if everyone is committed. If someone spots a hare and decides to go after it, the stag escapes and everyone else ends up hungry.
    Economic studies in which university students in the US played simulated versions of the Stag Hunt indicated that at some point...
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