Bathtub analogy

1. Bathtub analogy

Imagine that you are an economist who enjoys playing Tetris on your computer, so while your bathtub is filling you decide to play a round in the TV room upstairs.

The round of Tetris is going fabulously well. You are in the zone. You are placing piece after piece where it goes; you have long since passed your all time high score; you are having a whale of a time. Your bathtub is meanwhile filling up.

A tiny corner of your mind suggests that you ought to go downstairs and check your bathtub, even though it would interrupt your excellent Tetris game.

Fortunately, you are an economist. The tiny corner of your mind that is concerned with the structural integrity of your house and not the joy of Tetris is sufficient to reason as follows.

Probably the tub is not full yet, so the utility to me to keep playing this next piece exceeds the utility of running downstairs to turn off the water.

Maybe the tub is already flooding. Well, then, that is too bad, but the additional flood cost of playing this next piece will be small compared to the total flood cost, while the pleasure I am getting from this game going so well would be terminated.

Perhaps the tub is right at the point of starting a flood; a "tipping point". Well in that case you certainly would run right downstairs and turn it off, but what are the odds of that? There is no way to prove this highly unlikely ands speculative circumstance to you. There really isn't enough information to know exactly when that moment might be, so this almost certainly isn't it. Surely you can just dispense with that sort of wild speculation.

You have just proven that the matter does not deserve much attention for the duration of placing this next Tetris block. You will revisit this problem later when you are placing another block, with the same small shred of your attention. Tetris is such fun!

So you keep playing, secure in the knowledge that you have maximized utility.

From this blog:
http://initforthegold.blogspot.com/2...ge-bathub.html

2. Love it. Fiddling while Rome burns, are we?

3. Is this what a University degree gets you ? The ability to write wit, while still working 8 hours a day at Starbucks.

4. I play Tetris on the can. That way a can keep a close eye on the bathtub. :/

5. BS. If it was an economist, he would be playing Brick Breaking on his BB.

6. i fucking love pacman.

7. Originally Posted by Pee Wee
Is this what a University degree gets you ? The ability to write wit, while still working 8 hours a day at Starbucks.

Oh, but you get more than that. Much more. STD's, acid flashbacks, and massive debt.

(some also leave with the ability to think critically, but this is exceptionally rare).

8. Thinking Critically ?? That's like the math teacher telling me I'll be using Algebra

Anyone use this recently??

9. ^

LOL...ya, never, too funny

2=X

10. If virgin "A" is playing tetris while his "bath" is running, how many years will virgin "A" remain sexless?

11. Originally Posted by Pee Wee
Thinking Critically ?? That's like the math teacher telling me I'll be using Algebra

Anyone use this recently??

Ummm, me? Use basic algebra + trig almost every day when lift planning. Most crane operators do.

Seems that some basic mechanical stuff requires it as well, like figuring out shim sizes.

12. Originally Posted by DNAspark99
i fucking love pacman.
I fucking love Ms. Pacman.

13. Never mind X=3! I can't get Control and Q to work to get my Start menu! It does not compute!!

14. Originally Posted by dasein
I love fucking Ms. Pacman.
fixed.

15. C'mon DNA, you saw the thread title had the words "bathtub" and "anal" and you were in here like a dirty shirt.

I think I can see your innapropriate picture coming from a mile away...... if you'll pardon the pun.

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