Perhaps you remember the first time you heard about the prisoner's dilemma. Someone told you the details: Two prisoners, accomplices in a robbery, are stuck in solitary confinement. The police, short on evidence, try to tempt each of them to rat the other out. If both comply, they will both get two years in jail. If both deny the crime, they will both get one year. If only one denies and the other rats, the rat will go free and the denier will get three years.

So what should they do? If you're like us, when you first heard of the dilemma, you thought you could solve it, and yet round and round you went and in short order you realized you couldn't. Fact is, there is no right answer because you get different answers based on your view of ...

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