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Single Idea 22724

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / B. Contract Ethics / 8. Contract Strategies]

Full Idea

Successful game strategies avoid unnecessary conflict, are provoked by an uncalled for defection, forgive after a provocation, and behave clearly so the other player can adapt.

Gist of Idea

Good strategies avoid conflict, respond to hostility, forgive, and are clear


Robert Axelrod (The Evolution of Co-Operation [1984], 1)

Book Reference

Axelrod,Robert: 'The Evolution of Co-Operation' [Penguin 1990], p.20

A Reaction

[compressed] Exactly what you would expect from a nice but successful school teacher. The strategies for success in these games is the same as the rules for educating a person into cooperative behaviour. TIT FOR TAT does all these.