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Moral Calculations: Game Theory, Logic, and Human Frailty

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Is there such a thing as rational behavior, and if so, how do we use it to our advantage? Hungarian mathematician Laszlo Mero introduces us to the basics of John von Neumann's game theory and shows how it illuminates such aspects of human psychology as altruism, competition, and politics. Mero covers such concepts as zero-sum games; Prisoner's Dilemma; the game of Chicken ...more
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published July 1st 1998 by Copernicus Books
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Gergo
Aug 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Started off very well. Interesting logical-mathematical concepts explained in a way that is enjoyable and education at the same time. First half is clearly 5*. Then the main subject gradually changed into something entirely philosophical, with mind-numbing metaphors and shows a complete absense of focus. Every 10 pages or so the author reminds the readers that "... it can, somehow maybe vaguely connected to a concept similar to the predecesoor of [Game Theory]" which supposed to be the main topi ...more
Ricardo Vargas
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: management
Excellent book to address decision making process when moral values are on the table. From the Game Theory to the bluff aspects, the book discusses the human fragility in the decision making process.

Livro Excelente para abordar o processo de tomada de decisões quando valores morais estão na mesa. Da Teoria dos Jogos aos aspectos do blefe, o livro discute a fragilidade humana no processo de tomada de decisões.
Moshe Zadka
Feb 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this book. Game theory, morality and evolution? Yes, please! But the author's weird forays into group selectionism and weird moral theories were annoying. It's like someone took a great idea, and demolished it. I grieve for the book that could have been.
Alex
Jul 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: essential-skills
This book gives a fantastic look at rationality in games. Mero, without the crutch of mathematics, gives the reader an intuitive understanding of games, their solutions, and their limits. A joy to read.
Robert
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Super interesting, but clearly meant for someone much more intelligent than me!
Christian Kotz
Jan 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Very original. Fun to read. Toward the end it stresses it's ideas a bit, so I cannot give it 5 stars. Still one of the most inspiring book I ever read.
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