History teaches us, gentlemen, that great generals remain generals by never underestimating their opposition.

Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna: The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory (1987) (TV)

If you're unbiased then you should be underestimating your opposition about half the time.

7fortyeridania5yOverestimating can be costly too. That's why bluffing can work, in poker as in war. Examples/articles: * Empty Fort Strategy [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empty_Fort_Strategy] * 100 horsemen and the empty city [http://jpr.sagepub.com/content/48/2/217.abstract] (gated). Here are two articles summarizing the original paper: Miami SBA [http://www.bus.miami.edu/news-and-media/recent-news/cotton-game-theory.html] and ScienceDaily [http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110523075318.htm]

Rationality Quotes Thread March 2015

by Vaniver 1 min read2nd Mar 2015235 comments


Another month, another rationality quotes thread. The rules are:

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