PRISONERS DILEMMA The Prisoner’s dilemma is an imaginary situation used in game theory. One version is as follows. They accuse two prisoners of a crime. If one confesses and the other does not, the one who confesses is then released immediately and the other will spend 20 years in prison. If neither confesses, each will be held only a few months. If both confess, they will jail them for 15 years. They cannot communicate with one another. Given that neither prisoner knows whether the other has confessed, it is in the self-interest of each to confess himself. Paradoxically, when each prisoner pursues his self-interest, both end up worse off than if they would have been, had they acted otherwise. This egoism is a major hindrance and impedance to our thriving as a family and as a human race.