Today’s Blog: The Golden Rule and Game Thinking
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Let me give you a short introduction to the concept of Applied Game Thinking.
If you are already familiar with applied game thinking or game theory just skip ahead to today’s blog.
For Beginners: What is Game Thinking?
Applied Game Thinking is a system that explains why and how individuals and organizations strategize, i.e. make decisions when one person (or more than one other person, place or thing) might also affect the outcome of the decision.
The work is based on a concept called Game Theory. In the 1930’s John von Neumann (December 28, 1903 – February 8, 1957) developed an interest in how people strategize in certain environments especially game environments. A Hungarian-American physicist, inventor, computer scientist, polymath and one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century, Von Neumann had made, and would make major contributions to a number of fields.
Von Neumann, a skilled poker player, began to explore the obvious and subtle elements that made a person a winning player.
He saw that the best players had an understanding of various models of conflict, competition and cooperation between intelligent rational decision-makers. Even children have this understanding when playing simple games. Those that don’t are confused and unhappy.
Von Neumann saw that the same elements used in poker and even simple games like Tic-Tac-Toe. Game Thinking could also be applied to more complex systems such as economics, political science, and psychology, as well as logic, computer science, biology and business and personal relationships. Originally, his explorations focused on games where someone wins at the expense of others (win/lose games). These came to be known as zero-sum games,
Von Neumann improved and extended his ideas on Applied Game Thinking. He and many others defined games and the strategies one could apply in games based on various factors. Including:
- Is it a win/win game or a win/lose game?
- Do the players compete sequentially as in chess or simultaneously as in Rock-Paper Scissors?
- Do all the players have access to the same information (perfect-information) or so some players have access to information that the other players do not have (Imperfect information)?
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The Golden Rule and Game Thinking
I am writing this on Dec. 31, a few hours before New Year’s Eve. I was thinking about Donald Trump’s campaign, the fact that a brilliant and apparently negative and dark “alt-right” Tricktser named Milo just received a book contract of $250,000; and some lawyer thought it was somehow very liberal and progressive to confront and verbally abuse Ivanka Trump and her family on an airplane.
I realized that with all the complaints about the dumbing down of the population there is one very important thing that seems to be ignored by many of us and which doesn’t require much intelligence.. “The Golden Rule”.
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
If you cant do this you are just banging your head against the wall in your search for success.
The Golden Rule is a concept foundational to virtually every philosophy in the world religious or secular. It is not just a wise and spiritual concept. It is a common sense approach to survival even for the most selfish among us. . This is a rule that generally applies in win/win and win/lose games though theoretically one could ignore this rule in order to “Win” and do so without violating any specific ethic or moral codes. One should not confuse bad behavior, or bad style for moral depravity or cheating. Essentially The golden rule is a law of reciprocity the principle being that it is best for all if we of treat others as one would wish to be treated oneself. It is a maxim of altruism seen in many human religions and human cultures. The maxim may appear as either a positive or negative injunction governing conduct – The fundamental concept is that:
- One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself (positive or directive form).
- One shouldnot treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated (negative or prohibitive form).
- What you wish upon others, you wish upon yourself (empathic or responsive form).
The Golden Rule differs from the maxim of reciprocity captured in do ut des—”I give so that you will give in return”—and is rather a unilateral moral commitment to the well-being of the other without the expectation of anything in return.[
The concept occurs in some form in nearly every religion and ethical tradition. I t can also be explained from the perspectives of psychology, philosophy, sociology, and economics. Psychologically, it involves a person empathizing with others. Philosophically, it involves a person perceiving their neighbor also as “I” or “self” Sociologically, ‘love your neighbor as yourself’ is applicable between individuals, between groups, and also between individuals and groups. In economics, Richard Swift, referring to ideas from David Graeber, suggests that “without some kind of reciprocity society would no longer be able to exist.”
- “Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.” —Confucius (cc. 500 BC)
- “If people regarded other people’s families in the same way that they regard their own, who then would incite their own family to attack that of another? For one would do for others as one would do for oneself.” —Mozi (c. 400 BC)
- “Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.” —Laozi (c. 500 BC)
As we enter the New Year, and some of us make new year’s resolutions a simple one to keep in mind, especially when keeping one’s moral and ethical center in the game of life is the “Golden Rule.
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