Mises Review 11, No. Rawls defends the most controversial part of his theory of justice, the notorious "difference principle" in this way. People do not deserve to benefit from their superior talents or social opportunities to a greater extent than those less favored. Surely, Rawls contends, mere luck should not determine the distribution of goods in society.
It has just the quality of the madmans arguments; we have at once the sense of it covering everything and the sense of it leaving everything out. Chesterton In the struggle to survive, the fit win, and so it is also the fit who breed.
The winners pass on their winning characteristics to the next generation, and on marches Darwinian evolution. Nothing could be simpler. Yet Darwin thought this process could account not only for the most stunningly complex biological organs, such as the human eye, but also for the just as stunningly complex moral nature of humanity.
From Darwins Descent of Man down to the present day, most evolutionists have assumed that natural selection has produced all moral codes, beliefs, and actions.
The question was, how? The newest approach for research in this area involves game theory. Game theory, as conceived and executed by evolutionists, tries to understand the essence of moral judgments by submitting research participants to variously contrived games. The results are then construed according to the dictates of natural selection.
The process is somewhat like physicists colliding particles in a vacuum to study their properties. I find this sort of talk absurd. Darwinian game theory is not new but simply a rehash of liberal political theory disguised as cutting-edge science.
Give it a few vigorous scratches and we find Thomas Hobbes, the very father of modern political liberalism, back to haunt us from the 17th century. Hobbes was also the father of modern materialism, and his political liberalism was rooted in his mechanistic account of nature and human nature.
In truth, Darwinian game theory is not even science, for its mode of investigation the crudely simple game is entirely disconnected both from its Darwinian presuppositions and its subject matter i.
These presuppositions are undemonstrated and pernicious; they undermine the only source of sanity in human morality, the natural law. Let the Games Begin So exactly what are the Darwinian game theorists up to? The Darwinian game theorists play two research games more than any other, the Ultimatum Game and the Public Goods Game.
The Ultimatum Game is painfully simple, especially considering how much it claims to explain.
There are two players, a proposer and a responder, and a sum of money. The players may share the money if they can agree on the portions, but its a one-shot deal. The proposer makes an offer. If the responder accepts, they split the money accordingly.
If, however, the responder rejects the offer, then neither player gets anything. The Public Goods Game is a tad more complicated. Each of four players is given an equal amount of money at the outset.
Each player must decide, independent of the others, how much he will contribute to the common pot. The experimenter then divides equally whatever the players have decided to put in, and the game begins again.
To spice things up a bit, the rules allow the punishment of other players. If Henrietta thinks Finley is a freeloader, she can fine him a dollar — but it will cost her 30 cents.
Seems harmless enough, doesnt it? Not a bad way for a labcoat and some willing mouseys to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon. By using games with fewer rules than Candy Land, the Darwinian game theorists are claiming "to uncover the fundamental principles governing our decision-making mechanisms.
To begin with the Ultimatum Game, Darwinian game theorists assume for the sake of simplicity that at bottom man is not to be defined as Homo sapiens but as Homo economicus — "a rational individual relentlessly bent on maximizing a purely selfish reward.
Rational responders, on the other hand, "should accept even the smallest positive offer, since the alternative is getting nothing. Clearly disappointed, the researchers report that "the outcome was always far from what rational analysis would dictate for selfish players. The "canonical prediction" based on the idea of man as Homo darwinianus "is that everyone will free-ride, contributing nothing," writes Joseph Henrich in the American Economic Review "In Search of Homo Economicus," May If nature really is red in tooth and claw, and gene is set against gene in mortal combat, it is only rational to be a first-class welcher and contribute nary a penny to the community.
At the beginning, contrary to expectation, everybody throws about half his money into the kitty. If free-riders are discovered, then everyone tends to stop feeding the pot in subsequent rounds.augustine on the origin and progress of evil j. patout burns ABSTRACT evil, conflictand corruption apparent Augustinedistinguished amongbodies from true evil, the self-initiatedcorruptionof created spirits.
Thomas Hobbes argues that a state of nature will eventually become a state of war of everyone against everyone. According the Hobbes, the main reason behind this change will be the harsh competition over scarce resources caused by the nature of man.
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