Life Coaching, Creativity, and the Applied Game Theory
Applied Game Theory can be applied to coaching individuals who want to become more creative.
Often in life, many diverse elements come together to produce something that is obviously greater than any of the qualities in the individual elements. It is as if two plus two was to equal five. The word for this phenomenon is “holism”. Holism emphasizes the whole over its parts.
Holism is a very important concept for the extraordinary individual seeking to create an effective life game strategy. Holism is an approach to game playing that states that the various elements within a game influence each other in ways that cannot be explained or determined by understanding, measuring or defining any individual element within that game.
The word “holism” comes from the ancient Greek word (ὅλος “holos” meaning “total, all, entire”). The concept of holistic thinking has ancient roots going back to Aristotle, and was greatly expanded upon by a controversial South African Politician and statesman named Jan Smuts as well as the visionary American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, and inventor-philosopher R. Buckminster Fuller. Jan Smuts named the concept “holism” and explained it in his 1926 book, “Holism and Evolution”. According to Smuts holism is “the tendency in nature to form wholes that are greater than the sum of the parts through creative evolution.”
Interestingly, the term “holistic” did not come into common usage until the 1960’s. Since then, the words “holism” and “holistic” have become clichés of sorts for virtually every “new age” idea to come along. This has led to some resistance among certain scientists who feel that holism does not meet the requirements to explore scientific interpretations of holism. However, respected visionaries like Fuller understood the concept and wrote extensively on it, even expanding the idea further into the concept that the sum is often being greater than the individual parts. This he called Synergy.
Of course from the perspective of science and logic, the idea that the sum of various elements might be greater than the parts makes no sense. Still, the concept of holism and synergy has been embraced in many of the social sciences and by many physicists. Even so it is still considered a radical concept in the mainstream scientific community. Many physicists and scientists who study how systems work can trace many ideas of these ideas in systems thinking to holism. A key reason why concepts related to holism have received greater acceptance among them is that holistic models have proven to be valuable in solving problems of great complexity. Many of these problems were unsolvable by traditional approaches to deducing information from the properties of the basic parts of a system, which is how problems have traditionally been addressed. Holistic models allow researchers to isolate solutions by exploring the influence of specific units in a system on other units in that same system, producing greater effects than either might produce alone.
Any sports fan knows that in the most logical approach, a certain action by one player can produce surprisingly unexpected behavior in the other players. Scientists are beginning to recognize this as well. In the domain of Life Games* that we create for ourselves, holism-based models and synergy can teach us why unexpected events occur. If the life game you are creating involves many diverse fields of interaction then Holistic Game Theory can be invaluable to you.
From research related to concepts of holism, and synergy has come a system of thought known as scientific holism. Scientific holism is an unintentional response to the concept in classical game theory that the more specific the mathematical logic you have access to, the more effectively you can analyze the game. Scientific holism holds that the behavior of a system – the elements of a game – cannot be perfectly predicted, no matter how much data is available.
Earlier in this book we explored the importance of a defined and rigidly applied organization of words and non-verbal cues communicating detailed, specific ideas in a highly specialized group – what we call specialized language. Holism applies here as well.
Many philosophers with an interest in holism and linguistics have explored and developed another theory that expands this stream of thought. It is generally known as “semantic holism.” This theory presents the idea that the meaning of an individual word or sentence can only be understood in terms of its relations to a larger body of language. If this is so, then a person interested in the use of specialized language to achieve success in the game of life would be wise to integrate ideas presented by semantic holism into their speaking and listening skills.
To succeed in the game of life, you must fulfill your potential physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Some influential holistic game theorists have used the term “self-actualization” to describe this state or experience. Part of the process of becoming self-actualized is learning to distinguish between who we are and what we do. This is especially so in the realm of the emotions. It is essential that we recognize our emotions and our response to emotion. In life, it is also important to distinguish between an emotion and it’s cause. Some emotions are automatic responses to thoughts we have such as thinking about a loved one that has passed away and becoming sad after the thought is in one’s mind.
These taken from my book “How to Hack Your Life Through Game Thinking”
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