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OnTheOtherHand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-21-05 08:05 PM
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14. ah, heck, I'll give you a trophy, but let's play on...
Edited on Sun Aug-21-05 08:06 PM by OnTheOtherHand
I suspect that the phrase "Best Fit" (anax's, not mine) covers some differences in objective, but I don't think the differences prevent us from playing the game. I admit that I am not clear on the rules of the game myself -- but I trust anax not to exploit my confusion. So we begin.

Anax seems to think that there is no plausible scenario that allows Bush to win. So, for him, perhaps the object of the game is to prove that all other scenarios are implausible.

My position (EDIT: may not be -- I may misunderstand anax's) symmetrical, because I am not convinced that with available information, we could ever resolve the "best fit" question one way or another. For me, the object of the game is either to encounter the information I have overlooked or misconstrued, or to figure out what information we could gather to resolve the issue. (I'm not sure how one could prove that the vote count was right without counting all the votes, which we have no way to do. It has not escaped my attention that this fact has implications beyond the confines of the game.)

I don't see a rule that says one can't introduce fraud. Anax made a procedural suggestion that I would start by laying out some assumptions, then he would try to lay out the scenario where Rove won this, and then we would all tear it down... something like that. Probably it is useful to try to work on one scenario at a time, trying to get each one as lucid and perhaps "maximally plausible" as we can. I think the game will work best if all of us try playing on all sides at various times.
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