Thursday, April 10, 2008


Game Theory is fun!

I read (part of) a book on Game Theory...I found it mostly interesting, but didn't finish it for various reasons.

I kind of wish I had, because now that I know about it—and I was certainly late to the game on this one—I've noticed it popping up everywhere.

I found this article on to be very interesting. This is not to say that I agree with it or am feeling the squeeze myself, but it's quite well-written and informative. From what I understood, the crux of the argument is: there are fewer amazing eligible bachelors the older you get, because by that time, they have been snatched up, and most likely not by the super beautiful and intelligent female catches, but by the girls who are less advantaged in either some or all of those departments. Why did the losers win, you ask? Because the super hot girls knew that they had a stronger hand in the game of love, and therefore we more reluctant to "bid" on a husband if he didn't have the qualities she sought. The ladies with the weaker hand knew when they had to strike, and did so at the appropriate time.

The Eligible-Bachelor Paradox: How economics and game theory explain the shortage of available, appealing men


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