HAGT: The Secret System To Winning The Game Of Life

HAGT is an anagram for Harrison’s Applied Game Theory…

…To understand how HAGT works you need to understand how game theory works.

 

 

 

 

Among scientists, game theory is the name used to describe systematic concepts that were designed to explain why and how individuals and organizations strategize, i.e. make decisions when one person (or more than one other person) might also affect the outcome of the decision. This concept is so important that researchers in the field have won dozens of Nobel Prizes including the two awarded this year

Today, (2020) game theory has become an umbrella term or ‘unified field’ theory for thousands of games, most being rational approaches to many different defined interactions including relationships in business, spirituality, competition, sports, romance and even interactions with nonhuman players such as computers, animals, and plants.

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Another way of describing game theory is the observation of a set of ideas and numbers that describe the past, present, or future state of something particularly strategic interactions between two or more individuals or groups (players) in a situation containing set rules and outcomes. Gamer theory used in a number of disciplines and can be applied to make individual choices in everyday life. The theory has most notably used as a tool within the study of economics, particularly in politics, sports, and international affairs. The economic application of game theory can be a valuable tool to aid in the fundamental analysis of industries, sectors, and any strategic interaction between two or more firms or individuals who need to strategize to create maximum benefit at the lowest possible cost.

How is game theory connected to happiness? Happiness can mean different things to different people. What game theory, especially my approach, known as Harrison’s Applied Game Theory (HAGT) can do is, reduce the ways in which people suffer.

Suffering is disruptive and at times necessary mental, emotional, psychological, and also a spiritual experience of unpleasantness and aversion associated with harm or threat of harm. On the positive side, suffering can contribute to how you organize meaning in your emotional world and much more. One should never assume that all suffering is negative. The key is to understand which suffering is essential and which is a self-created illusion.

Some suffering is an expression of natural law — an essential tool for survival. For the unaware individual, it is often a negative experience, especially if this individual has made poor choices in the past.

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Compassion, one of the most worthy, and admired human qualities; often comes from recognizing the suffering of others. Their suffering may present great meaning and direction to your own life, motivating, and also inspiring you to serve others in need. This service, in turn, creates a larger sense of community.

What determines how intense your suffering is or will be? The origin and cause of suffering; its processes, the meaning it presents to the individual who seems to be suffering; it’s related social, personal, and cultural behaviors; the knowledge of how to manage, reduce, or eliminate the suffering; and the benefits one might accrue for having suffered will all influence the intensity of that suffering. Add to this the frequency of each occurrence, plus the concurrence of mental, emotional, psychological, and also spiritual factors involved. Now by combining these with the duration of the suffering, and you have a wide range of experiences related to suffering.

If you are to understand the meaning of your life it is essential that you explore how and why you suffer.

The Meaning of Life

All human suffering, whether necessary or self-created, is tied to obstacles that have meaning for us. Such an obstacle

may be associated with some physical or psychological discomfort, or spiritually speaking, from the “pain of longing” — the seeking of something deeper than the world of form. Who can say what it might be?

Transcending obstacles defines much of what goes on in life. Think about it. It is likely that you function day to day on “automatic pilot,” then suddenly you experience a usually unexpected obstacle. Now, this obstacle might be walking up the steps of a non-functioning escalator, or waiting in a long line at the post office. It may be something equally annoying like a sudden red light that causes you to hit the brakes on your car. These types of challenges are what get your attention.

When things, events, or people limit your freedom, these “obstacles” take on meaning. We are also often drawn to things of great beauty, sensuality, and elegance. These things also have meaning. So as you can see, to notice something, positive or negative is to give it meaning.

What does it mean for something to have meaning? This is an important question. Many great thinkers have proposed that all meaning is based on your perception as well as shifts in your perception.

Many of us go through life unconsciously. We each decide arbitrarily that some things are important while others are not. Something might have meaning now that did not have any meaning just a few moments ago.

 

Does ‘meaning’ have to have a particular quality or quantity to it? Will any sense of meaning do? How would you even know if something had more than a superficial meaning? What’s the link between meaning and significance in daily action? If something has meaning for you, does it have ‘meaning’ because it reinforces your sense of being — or is something deeper going on? Is meaning anything more than what grabs your attention?

Your answers to these questions about the “meaning of life” may have great implications for how you think, make choices, use language, and communicate with others in the process of daily living. Without this inquiry, you may be destined to a life of confusion or intellectual, emotional, and spiritual numbness.

What Harrison’s Applied Game Theory does is offer a person the ability to be more effective, efficient, precise, productive, and self-aware. It also gives creative and innovative thinkers the opportunity to create greater meaning in their life by making a measurable difference in the world.

So I did applied game theory become the center of my life?

 

In 2002 I saw the movie A Beautiful Mind about Nobel prize-winning mathematician John Nash. Nash was a pioneer in the development of Game Theory. This story is not about Nash or the movie. It is about the door that opened in my mind’s eye after seeing the film.

 

 

The subject of this particular story is actually not a human being, it is a concept – applied game theory.  Please note that I am not a mathematician and I am not an academic and  I am not a computer scientist. I’m just a regular person trying to make the best of my life as most of us are.

 

 

 

After seeing a Beautiful Mind it became obvious to me that everything in life, as is often said is a “game”.  That is a common cliché, winning the game of life, yet, what does that exactly mean?

 

For me, it means that except for a few things such as the hunger to learn of spiritual things, the nature of art, the exploration of truth, understanding philosophy, making sense of our emotions, and the experience of culture, everything in life really is a game.

 

In practical terms that means that in a world made up of people, places, and things there’s always a playing field, a board, or a game space of some type. The game might be a video game, your job, your family, or your friendships. You can’t have a game without a game space, whether a conceptual environment (a political party) or an actual playing field or board as in football, chess, or track and field.

 

 

All games will have players, and in applied game theory, there must be at least two players (sometimes the other player is a computer algorithm). If a game has many players and is highly competitive, there will usually also be cheaters.  Here, cheaters are players (often called “agents”) who know that they are not going to win the game playing by the rules.  These players intentionally break the rules knowing that they will be caught. It is a type of strategy.  They calculate that the benefits they will gain from cheating will be greater than the cost of any penalty they might receive for cheating.

 

If a person is to win at the game of life, they must have an endgame. An endgame here is what a person wishes to achieve at the end of a specific process (game). Is it wealth, a great marriage, a nice home, to become a philanthropist, to experience spiritual fulfillment? So what are the markings of a game?  Every game, in order to be a game, must have a game space, rules of engagement, players, referees, penalties for cheating,  and a definition of what winning means (the end-game).

 

Once a person realizes that life really is a game, specific changes will take place in their way of thinking.

 

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To begin with, winning and knowing when you have won becomes essential in the process. To win, does not mean everyone else has to lose.  There are win-win games where all the players get to win.  However, when placed in situations where other people insist on playing a strategy where only they win and everybody else needs to lose, the skilled gamer not only knows how to outwit their adversary but can even convert their adversaries’ point of view so that everyone benefits.

Ultimately, when a person sees their life as part of a larger game they are likely to develop a greater interest and intention to be more effective, efficient, precise, productive, and self-aware (EEPPSA).

 

So each of us has a choice to make. Do we want to live our lives without much thought, simply surviving and maybe prospering if we get lucky? Or do we want to have an intention and look at each moment mindfully, recognizing that with game thinking at our base we can maximize our potential at the lowest possible cost?  With this line of thinking, we can also help others to win,  making the world a better place?

 

 

In this complex, multi-layered game, we call “life”, living through cognitive biases, logical fallacies, Fake News, and so-called “alternative facts” just won’t work.

 

The game of life

 

In order to survive and prosper, even the most simple and common person will need to understand some basic ideas. These are ideas that can be understood by a 9th Grader.  Even an individual who has played Tic-tac-toe, Rock-paper-scissors, checkers, chess, ping-pong, or any team sport can follow this line of thought to solve problems.

 

At the next level…

There are more sophisticated and advanced ideas which any high-school student would be familiar with that can be applied to solve problems and for “winning the game of life”.  Ideas that include Murphy’s Law, worst-case scenarios, deductive reasoning, inductive reasoning, critical thinking, pattern language, probabilities, etc. These are the types of ideas players often use in poker, sports betting, or in applying common sense to solve a problem. Those who can do this and do it well will prosper and survive better than those who don’t.

“the person who refuses to learn about applied game theory in the game of life will be eaten by those who do”.  

 

Why do I say this? Because often, in life, those who know gamer thinking may not always be ethical, moral, or even have your best interests at heart. It is important to be able to see trouble coming and have the ability, strategies, and tactics to address these challenges.

 

In Conclusion

The takeaway here is to recognize your life is a game, recognize you are a player in that game, and that all the people around you, whether they know it or not, are also players in that game. When you play, play to win. If you are a truly extraordinary player, a true visionary, play for everyone to win!

 

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About the Author: Lewis Harrison teaches and Coaches individuals and organizations about using Applied Game Theory to become more efficient, effective, and productive. Contact him at Lewiscoaches@gmail.com

 

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Why Game Theory is the New Secret to Happiness

 

Among scientists, it is the name used to describe systematic concepts that were designed to explain why and how individuals and organizations strategize, i.e. make decisions when one person (or more than one other person) might also affect the outcome of the decision. This concept is so important that researchers in the field have won dozens of Nobel Prizes including the two awarded this year

Today, (2020) game theory has become an umbrella term or ‘unified field’ theory for thousands of games, most being rational approaches to many different defined interactions including relationships in business, spirituality, competition, sports, romance and even interactions with nonhuman players such as computers, animals, and plants.

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Another way of describing game theory is as the observation of a set of ideas and numbers that describe the past, present, or future state of something particularly strategic interactions between two or more individuals or groups (players) in a situation containing set rules and outcomes. Gamer theory used in a number of disciplines and can be applied to make individual choices in everday life. The theory has most notably used as a tool within the study of economics, particularly in politics, sports and international affairs. The economic application of game theory can be a valuable tool to aide in the fundamental analysis of industries, sectors and any strategic interaction between two or more firms or individuals who need to strategize to create maximum benefit at the lowest possible cost.

How is game theory connected to happiness? Happiness can mean different things to different people. What game theory, especially my approach, known as Harrison’s Applied Game Theory (HAGT) can do is, reduce the ways in which people suffer.

Suffering is disruptive and at times necessary mental, emotional, psychological, and also a spiritual experience of unpleasantness and aversion associated with harm or threat of harm. On the positive side, suffering can contribute to how you organize meaning in your emotional world and much more. One should never assume that all suffering is negative. The key is to understand which suffering is essential and which is a self-created illusion.

Some suffering is an expression of natural law — an essential tool for survival. For the unaware individual, it is often a negative experience, especially if this individual has made poor choices in the past.

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Compassion, one of the most worthy, and admired of human qualities; often comes from recognizing the suffering of others. Their suffering may present great meaning and direction to your own life, motivating and also inspiring you to serve others in need. This service, in turn, creates a larger sense of community.

What determines how intense your suffering is or will be? The origin and cause of suffering; its processes, the meaning it presents to the individual who seems to be suffering; its related social, personal, and cultural behaviors; the knowledge of how to manage, reduce or eliminate the suffering; and the benefits one might accrue for having suffered will all influence the intensity of that suffering. Add to this the frequency of each occurrence, plus the concurrence of mental, emotional, psychological, and also spiritual factors involved. Now by combining these with the duration of the suffering, and you have a wide range of experiences related to suffering.

If you are to understand the meaning of your life it is essential that you explore how and why you suffer.

The Meaning of Life

All human suffering, whether necessary or self-created, is tied to obstacles that have meaning for us. Such an obstacle

may be associated with some physical or psychological discomfort, or spiritually speaking, from the “pain of longing” — the seeking of something deeper than the world of form. Who can say what it might be?

Transcending obstacles defines much of what goes on in life. Think about it. It is likely that you function day to day on “automatic pilot,” then suddenly you experience a usually unexpected obstacle. Now, this obstacle might be walking up the steps of a non-functioning escalator, or waiting in a long line at the post office. It may be something equally annoying like a sudden red light that causes you to hit the brakes on your car. These types of challenges are what get your attention.

When things, events, or people limit your freedom, these “obstacles” take on meaning. We are also often drawn to things of great beauty, sensuality, and elegance. These things also have meaning. So as you can see, to notice something, positive or negative is to give it meaning.

What does it mean for something to have meaning? This is an important question. Many great thinkers have proposed that all meaning is based on your perception as well as shifts in your perception.

Many of us go through life unconsciously. We each decide arbitrarily that some things are important while others are not. Something might have meaning now that did not have any meaning just a few moments ago.

Does ‘meaning’ have to have a particular quality or quantity to it? Will any sense of meaning do? How would you even know if something had more than a superficial meaning? What’s the link between meaning and significance in daily action? If something has meaning for you, does it have ‘meaning’ because it reinforces your sense of being — or is something deeper going on? Is meaning anything more than what grabs your attention?

Your answers to these questions about the “meaning of life” may have great implications for how you think, make choices, use language, and communicate with others in the process of daily living. Without this inquiry, you may be destined to a life of confusion or intellectual, emotional, and spiritual numbness.

What Harrison’s Applied Game Theory does is offer a person the ability to be more effective, efficient, precise, productive, and self-aware. It also gives creative and innovative thinkers the opportunity to create greater meaning in their life by making a measurable difference in the world.

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The Best Game Theory Strategies for Worst-Case Scenarios

A worst-case scenario is a concept in risk management wherein a decision-maker, in planning for potential disasters, considers the most severe possible outcome that can reasonably be projected to occur in a given situation. In life, we are constantly placed in situations where we must make decisions, and some of these conditions may lead to worst-case scenarios.

How can we prevent this from happening? The solution to this dilemma is called Harrison’s Applied Game Theory (HAGT). HAGT is based on the multiple Nobel-Prizing ideas of game theory. In game theory, a person or group uses rational thinking to make a decision that will benefit them, or enable them to win”. This win happens irrespective of what other variables are in place, or what other people in the same scenario may do.

 

I created HAGT in 2003 because it was clear to me, as a magician, hypnotist, and stage mentalist, that most humans do not act rationally. Rather they present irrational ideas and biases to others in ways that make these ideas seem rational, though they are not rational at all.

A game theory strategist is also a futurist. They know not only short-term strategies but also the long game. To win, it is essential that they use effective, efficient, and precise, long game tactics. In order for us to achieve these same results, we need to see the consequences that will result from any particular applied strategy. If this is not done we might end up with negative unforeseen consequences, known in HAGT and as “perverse incentives”.

 

 

Let’s explore perverse incentives in greater detail and as it is understood through the lens of gamer thinking, and gamer psychology. Stated simply a perverse incentive is an incentive that has an unintended and undesirable result. In other words, the results are contrary to the intentions of the strategist or decision-maker. Here are a few examples of noted perverse incentives.

· In Hanoi, under French colonial rule, a program paying people a bounty for each rat tail handed in was intended to exterminate rats. Instead, it led to the farming of rats.

· Paying medical professionals and reimbursing insured patients for treatment but not prevention encourages medical conditions to be ignored until treatment is required. Also, paying only for treatment effectively discourages prevention (which would reduce the demand for future treatments and would also improve the quality of life for the patient). Payment for treatment also generates a perverse incentive for unnecessary treatments which could be harmful, for example in the form of side effects of drugs and surgery. These side effects themselves can then trigger the demand for further treatments.

 

 

· Though I am in favor of it, there is no doubt that The Endangered Species Act in the US imposes development restrictions on landowners who find endangered species on their property. While this policy is well-intentioned and has some positive effects for wildlife, it also encourages preemptive habitat destruction (draining swamps or cutting down trees that might host valuable species) by landowners who fear losing the use of their land because of the presence of an endangered species. In some cases, endangered species may even be deliberately killed to avoid discovery. Similarly, if the fine or other penalties for committing environmental damage is perceived as less burdensome than the cost of preventing the damage in the first place, an individual or company may not place safeguards in place and simply pay the penalty if the damage occurs.

So how can we transcend perverse incentives, or avoid getting snared in that unpleasant game?

There are a number of factors that can lead to these negative unintended consequences and worse-case scenarios.

1. Defective incentives — These are benefits that though well-intentioned do not serve that purpose.

2. Offering individual types of benefits that might cause them to intentionally reduce their performance. In such a scenario they might continue to receive those benefits even though they offer lower quality performance.

3. Unbalanced or distorted compensation metrics: This is a scenario where a flawed system of measuring the benefits offered to a person or group is not balanced against the revenue, profits, or other benefits the person or group receiving the incentive produces.

 

Often when we make a decision, we may need to expend a resource such as time, space, information, or money to complete the process successfully. The ability to replenish these resources generally reflects the wisdom of that decision. Many a game theory strategist has won many a battle but lost the war because of the loss of resources.

However, if a decision-maker focuses exclusively on resources two problems may arise:

1. Maintaining or increasing moderate resources while competing may cause a decision-maker to ineffectively focus on over-investment of time and energy in growing more resources. This can lead to a winning strategy that produces weak or deteriorating returns.

2. If a game theory strategist or decision-maker focuses on maintaining or enhancing already high levels of stored and accessible resources, they may be encouraged to hold back on taking strategic action out of fear that doing so may dilute those resources.

 

 

This resource problem happened often in the record industry in the 1950 -1980s. A small company might suddenly have an unexpected hit record and yet went out of business. This perverse incentive occurred because the record company did not have the money to produce the record for sale to the millions of buyers who wanted it.

Obviously, incentives, even those based on metrics, and probability statistics have potential downsides that can undermine success.

Experts on perverse incentives tend to recommend that any skilled game theory strategist needs to focus on the long rather than the short game. This is because a skilled strategist can manage each metric. They also can choose which metrics to leverage. This of course will be done at the expense of the rest. This takes place when it becomes obvious that some metrics will be productive and others will not.  If you enjoyed this article I thank you for any…

Author: My name is Lewis Harrison. I am a practical philosopher and independent scholar in the area of gamer psychology, personal improvement, and problem-solving.

 

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The Great Game Theory Guide: #14 Using “Big Data” to Create Winning Strategies

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Q. Lewis, where do you get the information you need to create winning game-based strategies?

A. Many game theorists ask how I access so much information across so many disciplines and fields of exploration. I answer, that my research, sourcing, and process has been developing for over forty years.

Now, before I answer your question it might be helpful if we begin with a short introduction to the basics of game theory. Below is an article (a 6-minute read) as well as a more in-depth video embedded in the article. Both were created so they would be understood by 12-year-old.

The Article:

The Best Introduction to Game Theory, Simple and Easy to Understand — Written for a 12-Year-Old

A. Now to answer your question. A. I have been a student and teacher in the human potential, personal development, and self-help movements for over fifty years. It as brought me plenty of laughs, joy, playfulness, and introspection

I am always amused and intrigued by those of my peers that like to claim that all problems are simply the product of negative thinking.

“These are either truly extraordinary people or superficial thinkers with no sense of empathy or compassion for others”.

I imagine that if one can live in the state that Zen teachers call Beginner’s Mind, then there really are no problems, there is only, what “Is”! For those with a deep authentic faith in God, there are also no problems. One can simply say “it is God’s will” or “it is Karma” or “it is all grace” and just live with whatever happens.

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Of course, many of us do not fit into any of these categories. We may even aspire to do so but the reality (or the illusion) of our lives doesn’t allow this. Our parent dies and we not only grieve but also see the loss of this loved one as a problem. We care about our job and feel it is a problem when we feel we are underpaid or have been terminated unfairly. Deeply caring people feel it is a problem when poor people are kept in poverty or are victimized by circumstances beyond their control. Political conservatives often proclaim that “big Government” is a problem, and progressive liberals often believe rich people paying little or no taxes is a problem. The truth is that our own limited thinking is the problem. The rest of us need to jump into the game.

I soon came to understand that life is about knowing we have obstacles to transcend or overcome. As a monk, I could simply meditate and contemplate. In the world, I soon saw that I would need to meditate, contemplate, and strategize. Whether we call it a problem or an opportunity to learn something and grow from the experience is irrelevant. Whatever our attitude may be about the challenge it is nonetheless a challenge. If we are spiritually-focused or are so detached from the affairs of the world that nothing really seems to matter then game theory can do nothing for us. If we are arrogant, irrational, drowning in our own cognitive biases and logical fallacies we will slide into a life of struggle and suffering.

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The Takeaway

Knowledge is power. In life, it best to create a long-term goal or vision using facts, not just opinions . Once we have done that we can use HAGT (Harrison’s Applied Game Theory) and gamer-psychology to strategize effectively while maximizing our potential at the lowest possible cost.

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HAGT And The 80% – 20% Principle – Achieving your full potential without struggle

Achieving your full potential without struggle

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I have always been intrigued by the ideas of the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto. He observed in 1906 that for many phenomena, 20% of invested energy is responsible for 80% of the results. This important statistic reflects the value of conserving and balancing physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual resources as a means of reducing struggle, and suffering.

I have observed among many of my students that those who develop a mastery of conserving and leveraging their most accessible resources such as time, space, emotional energy, etc., experience less unnecessary struggle than those who do not. Defining your strengths and learning to conserve them and apply them effectively and efficiently is not a simple exercise. This is a constant process that requires the ability to leverage different resources.

Conservation and balance is a discipline which is innate but often repressed or ignored in exchange for short term gain and immediate gratification. Once an individual has committed to the process this idea of consistent conservation and balance becomes as natural as breathing.

Conserving and balancing is a step-by-step process. Each step requires a distinct awareness. If you are not conscious and have not transcended attachment to short-term gratification, you can take this concept, which is a path to freedom, and turn it into a rigid, mental prison. The greater your awareness and the less your attachment to old ways of thinking, dogma, and short-term gratification, the less unnecessary struggle you will experience.

It is often said that “anything done in moderation is not destructive” but that, of course, isn’t necessarily so. Moderate self-destructive behavior is nevertheless self-destructive. If you understand the value of conserving resources, you may still have difficulty balancing them, especially if in this process of conservation you are motivated by pride, vanity, ambition, and hunger to own more and more or experience greater and greater pleasure at any cost. Unfortunately, those who delude themselves by acting in destructive ways, even if moderately so, don’t know who they are, where they are, where they are going, where they have been, or the cost they are bound to pay later.

A person in this state of being may push things to the point of excess and then claim he or she is being moderate. Unfortunately, this way of thinking and living, more often than not, leads to an unpleasant end. Understanding conservation and balance is not just a philosophical issue. It is connected to an individual’s ability to survive.

Takeaway

It is only the immature, unaware, arrogant, or emotionally unbalanced person that struggles with this concept. In the end, he or she is the first to succumb to a dangerous, toxic, or stressful environment.

Ultimately, conservation and balance is the door to a meaningful life.

Author — Lewis Harrison is a practical philosopher. He can be reached at LewisCoaches@gmail.com

 

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