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Message 240 of 243 (365657)
11-23-2006 9:56 PM
Reply to: Message 239 by Hyroglyphx
07-06-2006 8:46 PM

The evolution of morality - and game theory.
You're speaking about yeast as if there is some sort of cognizance behind their actions. And being that they are single-celled fungi, I highly doubt that they could possibly display any kind of reasoning ability beyond, "must eat."
So rather than assign consciousness to the results, consider instead that this is like a computer trying innumerable solutions to the problem of whether competition or cooperation were more successful patterns for behavior.
Given that John Forbes Nash (the "beautiful mind" guy) showed that cooperation was the better pattern in game theory it is not surprising that such a "mindless" computer program would reach the same "conclusion" through brute computations.
He got a nobel prize for it too.
Nash equilibrium - Wikipedia

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