[EM] Saari's Basic Argument

Forest Simmons fsimmons at pcc.edu
Fri Feb 21 09:59:43 PST 2003

On Thu, 20 Feb 2003, Alex Small wrote:


> However, people electing politicians are clearly not machines.  We have
> our idiosyncracies and legitimate differences of opinion, and we debate
> matters that don't have obvious, objectively correct answers.  Because we
> don't behave or think like machines, there's no a priori reason to think
> that procedures which work for machines will work well for us.

In the machine applications the "voters" are merely banks of mechanical
sensors, so they have no motivation to reverse preferences.

And the clone problem is eliminated by the designer of the machine by
making sure that the decision options are distributed evenly in decision

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