# Taking a Hint v. Calculations

Schelling argues that resolving conflicts require a different attitude than solving a mathematical problem. “Taking a hint is fundamentally different from deciphering aformal communication or solving a mathematical problem;it involves discovering a message that has been plantedwithin a context by someone who thinks he shares withthe recipient certain impressions or associations.” This idea is explored…

Schelling argues that resolving conflicts require a different attitude than solving a mathematical problem.

“Taking a hint is fundamentally different from deciphering a

formal communication or solving a mathematical problem;

it involves discovering a message that has been planted

within a context by someone who thinks he shares with

the recipient certain impressions or associations.”

This idea is explored by Jeffrey Loewenstein, and others, by examining how the labels attached to formal payoffs may explain the choices made in the experiments.