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""The spatial variant of the iterated prisoner's dilemma is a simple yet powerful model for the problem of cooperation versus conflict in groups. The applet below demonstrates the spread of 'altruism' and 'exploitation for personal gain' in an interacting population of individuals learning from each other by experience.""
I spent a bit more time on this site than I would care to admit. I get a little worried when I start seeing human behavior turned into different values entered into a numerical matrix. No matter how many options or choices are provided, they still won't be entirely capable of compensating all of the variables involved in the human thought process. Although this sort of thing isn't my cup of tea, I could appreciate the work and organization involved. The real reason I logged on and viewed so many of the links on the page was that I had a difference of opinion regarding some of the associations made in the section "Ethic based on the Prisoners Dilema", and felt the authors view on racism, xenophobia, and affirmitive action were from a bit too narrow of a perspective. Comments made came from a majority vs. minority perspective, and they left out minority vs minority interactions. Some of the worst examples of racism, and prejudice I have witnessed come from minorities directed at other minorities. Affirmative action also assumes that all minority groups perform at a substandard level, and this is a disrespectful approach considering the hard work and accomplishments of several "minority" groups. I did have some problems with some of the links, but overall was a great site. I think my personel views may not make me the best judge if this would be a good tool in a classroom environment. Definitly a good discussion topic.
11 years ago
I spent a lot of time browsing through this site. There turned out to be so much more information then I thought.The content of material was very good. Various ideas were given on the main topic. This site has lots to offer to both teacher and student as far as finding different was to relate the tpoic to others or classes.It was very easy to use this site. I was able to move from page to page with ease.
11 years ago
I quickly browsed through this sight and didn't get to try any of the teaching/learning activities. From what I saw the models seemed to represent the concepts. I think this sight would be a great teaching/learning tool because of it's in depth step by step process of describing everything. The sight was easy to use and first timers should have no problem with it. It is set up in sections which breaks it down for the person.
13 years ago
I did not know what the prisoner?s dilemma was, but this site taught the problem very nicely and also has nice animations to show the visual aspects.