# Sly comments on Free copy of Feynman's autobiography for best corny rationalist joke - Less Wrong

13 04 April 2010 12:32AM

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Comment author: 04 April 2010 08:55:50AM 2 points [-]

I do not understand this one, care to explain?

Comment author: 04 April 2010 02:42:40PM *  14 points [-]

The first bartender states his estimate for the best drink.

The second bartender has her own estimate, but knows that the first bartender is also qualified to make a good estimation. Her estimate of the quality of the martini thus increases. She compares her earlier estimate of the quality of the gin and tonic to the updated estimate for the martini, and finds the gin and tonic to still be the better drink.

The first bartender hears this, and increases his estimate of the gin and tonic's quality - not only does the second bartender think the gin and tonic is better, she thinks it's better even though he recommended the martini. He compares his new estimate of the quality of the gin and tonic to his estimate of the quality of the martini and finds the martini to still be superior.

Etc. etc. etc. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aumann%27s_agreement_theorem).

Comment author: 06 April 2010 03:03:20PM 1 point [-]

I like that a lot, but I don't think it's particularly corny. Also, may I suggest different wording? 'gin and tonic' is too long and too many syllables; it spoils the back and forth rhythm and isn't memorable. Perhaps use 2 drinks which are both one syllable?

Comment author: 06 April 2010 07:42:56PM 0 points [-]

Haven't you got more iterations than is necessary for Aumann's?

Comment author: 06 April 2010 07:44:58PM 5 points [-]

Hmm? Aumann's theorem is about the infinite limit.

Comment author: 07 April 2010 01:51:02AM 2 points [-]

It depends on how strong each favors their own drink - see (http://www.overcomingbias.com/2007/01/the_coin_guessi.html) for an example to enhance you understanding.