Monday, October 6, 2014

Prisoner's Dilemma Game

Prompt: Hobbes has pessimistic view of human nature.  After going through the Prisoner’s Dilemma game, what do you think of your decisions during it?  What did you find yourself motivated by: Winning? Distrust? Or a desire for everyone to succeed?

In Social Studies class we played a game called Prisoner's Dilemma, where the class was divided into two groups. Each of us were supposed to be accomplices in a crime, and we had to be interrogated. It was up to us if we wanted to tattle tale on them and not take the blame, let them rat us out and lose points, betray each other, or keep the promise of helping each other out. I feel that both my group and I chose to act more like Hobbes portrays humans to be like. We were motivated by distrust to win, and we also really wanted cake. We would make decisions that would allow us to win, but it would make the other prisoner lose points. Even though we made a pact to not rat each other out, we doubted the other group and decided to go against that pact, because we had the fear that the other group would do exactly the same thing we did. Though both of the groups wanted to win, the doubt we held against each other caused neither of us to get out of jail or a piece of cake. We could have helped each other out, which is what we were trying to do initially, but we also didn't want to take any major risks. This clearly shows why Hobbes thought that humans were naturally born bad, and that without any restraint we would naturally kill each other. This also goes to show why he thought humans were equal, because both of the groups ratted each other out, in fear of losing. Though I don't agree with him, I can see why Hobbes thought that if people gave up all their rights there would be more stability and safety.

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