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Charity, population dynamics and the limits of rationality. Lunch talk, IAS HUJI December 2006 Good people Drive: Good will. Tools: Moral education Utopia: no need for police and law enforcement. Equality. Community.
Lunch talk, IAS HUJI
Drive: Good will.
Tools: Moral education
Utopia: no need for police and law enforcement.
Moto: From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs (Marx, Critique of the Gotha Program)
Tools: Training, stick and carrot policy. (tit for tat)
Utopia: Capital growth.
Moto: everybody has a share (Milo Minderbinder, catch 22).
Well… at least is doing better.Charity vs. “Game theory”: agents character and social order
R. Jehudah, R. Jose, and R. Simeon were sitting and Jehudah, the son of proselytes,
Spiritually – authenticity oriented:
“normal” religious establishment
"במעגלי רשע? עלית הרבנות החברתית", נ.ש., נקודה 296 (דצמבר 06)
Thomas Malthus 1798:
“An essay on the Principles
Population growth is exponential (geometric series).
Resources (food and other needs) grow only linearly.
The ultimate result should be a catastrophe: famine, war or disease.
“The poor laws of England tend to depress the general condition of the poor in two ways. Their first obvious tendency is to increase population without increasing the food for its support. A poor man may marry with little or no prospect of being able to support a family in independence. They may be said in some measure to create the poor which they maintain, and as the provisions of the country must in consequence of the increased population, be distributed to every man in smaller proportions, it is evident that the labor of those who are not supported by parish assistance will purchase a smaller quantity of provisions than before and consequently more of them must be driven to ask for support.”
In fact, the population actually grow exponentially
Not enough for the poor in UK…
So, is rational planning for the future possible? Is social engineering, based on rational predictions, desirable?Are there cases where it is better to be ignorant ?
Optimal noise level
ANY PHYSIOLOGICAL AND MOVEMENT ACTIVITY IS CHARACTERIZED BY SOME LEVEL OF NOISE, CLOSE TO THE OPTIMAL NOISE FOR THAT ACTIVITY.
Life = the ability to extract the benefits from spatio-temporal fluctuations. If evolution works, this ability has to improve with time, including not only the deterministic parts (detaction, memory) but also noise optimization (?).
Some support from HRV data, but …