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Superrationality

TagLast edit: 17 Nov 2022 5:30 UTC by Roman Leventov

Superrationality is a concept invented by Douglas Hofstadter. He thought that agents should cooperate in Prisoner’s Dilemma, but the primary notion of “rationality” which had been deeply developed by economists, decision-theorists, and game-theorists disagreed. Rather than fighting over the definition of rational, Douglas Hofstadter coined the term superrational for the kind of rationality he was interested in.

Douglas Hofstadter did not publish a full theory of superrationality, instead focusing on the prisoner’s dilemma and other specific examples to communicate his intuition. However, some principles can be clearly inferred from his writing, such as reasoning as if you have control over the other player’s policy (in symmetric games).

Eliezer Yudkowsky shared the same core intuition with Douglas Hofstadter, but took the path of trying to reclaim the word rational for what he meant, in Functional Decision Theory. As a result, LessWrong does not consistently use superrational/​superrationality.

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abramdemski16 Apr 2021 22:08 UTC
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Vanessa Kosoy4 Nov 2015 18:20 UTC
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gwern21 Apr 2012 13:33 UTC
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somnicule24 Jan 2015 9:47 UTC
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Stuart_Armstrong25 Nov 2019 10:40 UTC
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