COVID and game theory–Rand vs Spock

FYI. “The pandemic is a prisoner’s dilemma game played out repeatedly,” Dr. Bauch said. In lectures, he invokes a comparison between Ayn Rand, who made a virtue of selfishness, and the “Star Trek” character Spock, who said, “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.”

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“”Some people might play a ‘wait-and-see game,’” Dr. Bauch said. People who choose not to be vaccinated effectively get a free ride, reaping the benefits of reduced virus transmission generated by the people who do opt for vaccination. But the free rides generate a collective threat.”

“That is the prisoner’s dilemma,” Dr. Bauch said. When infection levels are low, people feel less at risk, let down their guard, and then infection levels again rise; the ebb and flow between our behavior and the virus causes the pandemic waves. “We end up in this unhappy medium,” he said.”

Medicynical notes: the prisoner’s dilemma describes the horrid mindset of almost half of America. The “oh, it’s no problem for me…….until it is folks. 330,000 dead and rising describes the consequence…….unless you are one of the going away like magic people who still think that the dead folk are of little consequence.

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