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July 20, 2008

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Yeah, the ferry scene in the Dark Knight is definitely not a prisoner's dilemma. The ferry scene doesn't actually make sense if you look at it closely. The people on the civilian boat were wrong to opt for both boats blowing up when they could have saved the people on their boat, which included young children. The only reason to not blow up the other boat for the civilians was because they were trying in vain to avoid making a choice, or they did not believe that the Joker would be able and/or willing to blow up both boats himself at midnight, but in either of those cases, the moral experiment that the Joker seems to intend is undermined, and no inferences can be drawn about the morality of the people on board the boats.

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