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25 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 11 November 2008 07:01PM

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Comment author: [deleted] 19 December 2012 07:47:28AM -1 points [-]

"Randomness hath no power"? This may be true for 1-player games (i.e. noncompetitive decision theory problems), but in 2-player or multiplayer game theory situations, a mixed strategy can be optimal, and in fact in some cases a pure strategy may be the worst thing one can do (rock paper scissors is a great example). Randomness hath power, it just varies by the field one enters. In fact, according to the 2nd law of thermodynamics, randomness may be the most difficult power to resist, for the universe is constantly losing to it.