In this week’s episode: Exodus 5-8.  We examine the beginning of the grand game between Pharaoh and Moshe, a contest which not only results in the first three plagues and the punishment of a whole nation for the recalcitrance of one man – but also demonstrates why Tit-for-Tat works best when facing down your opponents.  And my daughter Heala weighs in on the notion of collective punishment!

One additional note:  Richard Dawkins’ love for Tit-for-Tat in the Prisoner’s Dilemma game is based largely on simulations where there are more than two players in the game – which suggests that Tit-for-Tat, though the best strategy for multiple opponents, might not work as well in the Egyptian Bondage version.

UPDATE: It seems that prisoners are more cooperative than expected…

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