Re: Coordinating Sex Roles

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Mon, 7 Apr 1997 14:24:35 -0700 (PDT)

> >This is to sneak in the assumption that the rules of the game include
> >the social norms.
> Sorry, this is just not true. Games really can have multiple
> equilibria, even with no explicit modeling of "social norms".
> Consider the standard 2x2 "battle of the sexes" game.

I understand the math perfectly; I am questioning your particular
application of it to the real world. You claim, correctly, that
different sets of rules will lead to different equilibira--I agree.
But you seem to imply that we should then teach our children the
set of rules that leads to solutions we think beneficial. I claim
that we should teach them the /method/ and let them find the rules
themselves, because they will know more than we possibly can about
their world, and they will be its masters, not us.

Of course, I hope to still be around in their world, in some form
or another.

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