Rationality, competitiveness and akrasia

Here’s an in­ter­nal di­alogue I just had.

Q: How do we test ra­tio­nal­ity skills?

A: We haven’t come up with a com­pre­hen­sive test yet.

Q: Maybe we can test some part of ra­tio­nal­ity?

A: Sure. For ex­am­ple, you could test re­sis­tance to akra­sia by mak­ing two con­tes­tants do some sim­ple chores ev­ery day. The one who fails first, loses.

Q: That seems like a pointless com­pe­ti­tion. If I’m feel­ing com­pet­i­tive, why would I ever skip the chores and lose?

A: Whoa, wait. If com­pet­i­tive­ness can cure akra­sia, that’s pretty cool!

Now we just need to figure out how to make peo­ple more com­pet­i­tive in the ar­eas they care about...