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    What strategy is, and why even the average Joe needs to understand game theory How strategy isn’t just about competition, but cooperation A brief history of game theory The different domains one must call upon to take part in game theory How you know you’re in a strategic game (and how Obamacare is a practice in game theory) The difference between sequential and simultaneous games and how to strategize for both How game theory can help football coaches determine whether to go for a 2-point conversion How to avoid prisoner’s dilemmas in your life How to avoid the Tragedy of the Commons How to change the game when the game you’re in isn’t working out for you Why you should avoid tit-for-tat strategies How scam artists use game theory to con people What is the Nash Equilibrium? When and how to inject randomness into your strategy How to use game theory against yourself for improvement How to use game theory to discipline your kids


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  2. Nicky Case, Explorable Explanations - XOXO Festival (2015)

    Nicky Case uses code to visualize and explain the world, from matrices and raycasting, to the social forces that shape segregation in our society. Last year’s Coming Out Simulator 2014 was an interactive fiction game acclaimed for retelling Nicky’s traumatic experience of coming out to less-than-supportive parents.

    Recorded in September 2015 at XOXO, an experimental festival celebrating independently produced art and technology in Portland, Oregon. For more, visit

    Introductory music: "Samurai" by Kyle Devine, courtesy of Marmoset. Intro animation by Craig Winslow. Video production by brytCAST. Video thumbnail by Ian Linkletter. Captions by White Coat Captioning.

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  3. A Game of Werewolf | Stuff to Blow Your Mind

    If you’ve ever played the party game 'Werewolf,' then you know the thrill of weeding out secret lycanthropes in a medieval village — or devouring the villagers secretly in the night. But the game goes far beyond parlor fun and mild roleplaying as numerous studies in deception, artificial intelligence and game theory look to its complex social mechanics. Join Robert and Joe as they seek for meaning in the long, murderous night of the werewolf.

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  4. Michael Foley - Process Theory & Henri Bergson

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    In one of his latest books, he goes into depth with Henri Bergson, a french philosopher, who lived from 1859 to 1941, son to a Polish jewish composer and an Irish jewish mother. At the time he was one of the most influential thinkers and kind of pre-dated quantum physics, chaos theory amongst other topics n science. He also won the nobel price.

    One of Bergsons many contributions was process theory. In a nutshell, process theory says that everything is in constant movement, there are no finite end states, everything is connected. While this may sound trivial, the consequences are overwhelming. With this model, Bergson lay the model for models that ended up being discovered by science only decades later. Statements of Quantum Theory, Emergence and Chaos Theory and lots more are such examples.


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  5. Tool 1 Game Theory « Relatively Prime

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  6. PS62

    Guest speakers: Terence McKenna, Ralph Abraham, and Rupert SheldrakeListen

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    (Minutes : Seconds into program)01:23 Ralph Abraham: A short primer on chaos theory… . The emergence of form from a field of chaos.

    08:57 Rupert Sheldrake:

    “The problem I have with chaos theory … ” The issue of indeterminacy in the real world… . The illusion of total predictability… . Indeterminacy may exist not just at the quantum level but at all levels of natural organization… . How form arises from chaos… . In some sense, energy may be seen as an agent of change.21:24 Rupert:

    The question of how do new fields, new forms, come into being in the first place? Where do they come from? … The nature of the mathematical realm, the formative realm. Is there a kind of mathematical realm before the universe, somehow beyond space and time. [lozo: he goes on a kind of Olaf Stapelton riff] …

    26:04 Rupert:“The view that I want to consider is that the world soul, or the world imagination, makes up these forms as it goes along, that there isn’t, out there, a kind of mathematical mind already fixed or already full.”

    28:40 Ralph:“I think that with mathematics we can make a model for anything.” … “Mathematics could be regarded simply an extension of language… . Words, I think, are frequently inadequate.”

    34:18 Ralph:“But the truth is this theory can be used to model everything. So it never settles any questions as to the origin of things or the true nature of ordinary reality.”

    37:40 Rupert:“Are the fields of reality more real than the models we use to model them with. Or is there a kind of mathematics yet more fundamental the fields?”

    38:57 Ralph:

    What mathematics means to me … a description of the mathematical landscape… . “Mathematics is the supreme tool for the extension of our language for dealing with complex systems.”

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