Arnon Grunberg

Fixing the world

Game theory

Evan Selinger in The Atlantic on doping, Lance Armstrong and climate change:

“The problem is that once we feel sympathetic to Armstrong because he's stuck in a game theory problem, we might very well have to extend it to others dealing with comparable dilemmas. This takes us beyond sports, to a range of issues, especially ones in sustainability.”


“There is a sense, then, in which feeling sympathy for Armstrong even if he cheated is like feeling bad for the present state of the world: a time where collective action problems, like global climate change, loom large, and we're tempted to feel sympathy for countries that don't want to drastically lower CO2 emissions without other competitors doing so, too. The U.S. doesn't want to be a sucker in the race against China, and vice versa. Let's hope for the sake of cycling that fixing the sport is easier than fixing the world.”

(Read the complete article here.)

We are all stuck in a game theory problem. That’s an important thing to remember.

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