THUNK – 135. Aumann’s Agreement Theorem & Arguing to Learn

Aumann’s Agreement Theorem suggests that rational folk shouldn’t be able to continuously disagree…so why do we?

-Links for the Curious-

Agreeing to Disagree (Aumann, 1976) – www.ma.huji.ac.il/~raumann/pdf/Agreeing%20to%20Disagree.pdf
(You might be intimidated to read the original paper, but it’s only 5 pages long!)

Are Disagreements Honest? (Cowen & Hanson, 2004) – mason.gmu.edu/~rhanson/deceive.pdf

The Influence of Social Interaction on Intuitions of Objectivity and Subjectivity (Fisher et al, 2016) – onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cogs.12380/full?wol1URL=/doi/10.1111/cogs.12380/full&regionCode=US-NY&identityKey=5df892a1-56cf-4803-9900-62e46db16887

Rationally Speaking, Episode 143 – Scott Aaronson on Aumann’s Agreement Theorem (AAT) & its Implications – rationallyspeakingpodcast.org/show/rs143-scott-aaronson-on-the-theorem-that-proves-rationalists.html  

“Political Polarization in the American Public,” by the Pew Research Center – www.people-press.org/2014/06/12/political-polarization-in-the-american-public/

“Are Toxic Political Conversations Changing How We Feel about Objective Truth?” (Fisher et al, 2018) – www.scientificamerican.com/article/are-toxic-political-conversations-changing-how-we-feel-about-objective-truth/

Lesswrong’s entry on the AAT – wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Aumann%27s_agreement_theorem

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