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Does the Prisoner's Dilemma happen in real-life?



The prisoner’s dilemma is ubiquitous. A given person pretends to accept a view that he doesn’t really accept because he thinks that everybody else is going to pretend to accept that view. This way he retains his safety but loses his self-respect and autonomy. He knows that he could chance it and express his real feelings, in which case, he gains everything in the unlikely event that others decide to be equally honest and loses everything in the likely event that they play it safe and toe the line. Mass-psychology and crowd-behavior are based on the fact that, at any given time, any given individual is engaged in a number of prisoner’s dilemmas.

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