'Thinking Strategically', by Avinash Dixit and Barry Nalebuff:

Everyone’s best choice depends on what others are going to do, whether it’s going to war or maneuvering in a traffic jam.

These situations, in which people’s choices depend on the behavior or the choices of other people, are the ones that usually don’t permit any simple summation. Rather we have to look at the system of interaction. Consider:

Your Rival’s Response – Look Ahead, Reason Back

Credibility

Unpredictability - Acting randomly, deliberately

Slippery Slope



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From 'The Moral Animal', by Robert Wright:

Game theorists, then, may want to follow a few simple rules when applying their tools to human [behavior].

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