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In game theory, a focal point (also called Schelling point) is a solution that people will tend to use in the absence of communication, because it seems natural, special or relevant to them. ... Consider an example: two people unable to communicate with each other are each shown a panel of four squares and asked to select one; if and only if they both select the same one, they will each receive a prize. Three of the squares are blue and...
 philosophy Schelling point Schelling focal point game theory expectation
Pigs feel optimistic or pessimistic about life depending on how pleasant their environment is.

2010-07-28

 pig optimism animal philosophy expectation pessimism psychology