Why Be Random

@article{Icard2019WhyBR,
  title={Why Be Random},
  author={Thomas F. Icard},
  journal={Mind},
  year={2019}
}
INTRODUCTION Imagine you are approaching a stop sign at an empty intersection. It is clear that no one else is on the road. You would like to pass right through, to save time, gasoline, and wear on your breaks. But you also worry about the small chance that a patrol officer may be watching, and you do not want a fine. In such a circumstance, would it ever make sense to base your decision—whether to skip or stop—on the flip of a coin?1 On a familiar picture associated with Bayesian decision… Expand
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