Gamificiation in Video Games and Business

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Gamification in Video Games and Business

Using strategic thinking and incentives to win the game of life.

 

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What Does Gamification Mean?

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What Does Gamification Mean?

A cutting-edge approach to applying strategic thinking and incentives to win the game of life.

 

The term “Gamification” is said to have been coined in 2003 by Nick Pelling, a British computer programmer, and inventor.

Explained on the most basic level, Gamification is the application of game-design elements and game principles in non-game environments. The term non-game environment is often used to describe any human to human, or human to computer interactions that would not befit the definition of a recreational puzzle, a board or video game, or sports.

Non-game environments usually include education, business, shopping in a supermarket, and dating.

Why is Gamification so Important in the 21st Century?

When used skillfully, and effectively, gamification techniques can leverage people’s natural desires for socializing, learning, mastery, competition, achievement, status, self-expression, altruism, or closure. It may even influence their response to the framing of a situation as a game or play. Early gamification strategies use rewards for players who accomplished desired tasks or competition to engage players. Back then, types of rewards included points, achievement badges or levels, the filling of a progress bar, or providing the user with virtual currency. Making the rewards for accomplishing tasks visible to other players, or providing leader boards are ways of encouraging players to compete or in the best of environments, to collaborate.

One of the things that separate gamification as well as HAGT (Harrison’s Applied Game Theory from classical game theory is that while classical game theory, which is a foundation of much in modern economic theory focuses on rational and logical patterns of thought and behavior, gamification and HAGT tends to be more holistic. When I say Holistic I mean they create a space for strategizing and creating incentives based on intuition, counter-intuitive, and non-linear elements.

Within gamification models, one is likely to encounter game design elements known as Meaningful Stories. Meaningful Stories do not relate to the player’s performance as they might in a game-based model.

In gamification, teammates, whether they are other real players or virtual non-player characters, can induce conflict, competition, or cooperation. The latter can be fostered particularly by introducing teams, i.e., by creating defined groups of players that work together towards a shared objective.

Though those who developed the idea generally state that it is not directly tied to game theory, many of the concepts used in gamification are clearly modeled on ideas central to game theory. Essentially gamification is a set of activities and processes to solve problems by using or applying the characteristics of game elements. These elements may include metrics and algorithms.

Over the last few decades, there has been an increased interest in gamification in business.

Takeaway

It is increasingly more difficult to attain business success without gamification. What seems reasonable will be useless to you in rapidly changing markets. A more profound way of thinking is required to succeed here. Gamification can meet the needs of many employees, that need more than a paycheck and a two-week vacation.


Author: Lewis Harrison is a practical philosopher, best-selling author, and successful businessman.

 

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Here is a 15-minute video interview I did explaining the very basics of HAGT (Harrison’s Applied Game Theory). Learn more about game theory at AskLewisGameTheory.com

 

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5 Things You Always Wanted To Know About “A Victim Mentality and Game Theory” But Were Afraid To Ask…

 

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What is this Q & A series about?

There are some things within strategic thinking and gamer psychology you really do need to know about but you weren’t aware of.

Once you do think about it, either there is nothing about it that you can read on Wikipedia, or so much complicated and jargony information that you can’t even begin to explore the subject.

 

 

 

#1 Q. What does it mean for an individual to have a victim mentality?

A. Victim mentality is an acquired personality trait in which a person tends to recognize or consider themselves as a victim of the negative actions of others, and to behave as if this were the case in the face of contrary evidence of such circumstances. Victim mentality depends on clear thought processes and attribution. In some cases, those with a victim mentality have in fact been the victim of wrongdoing by others or have otherwise suffered misfortune through no fault of their own. However, such misfortune does not necessarily imply that one will respond by developing a pervasive and universal victim mentality where one frequently or constantly perceives oneself to be a victim.

Victim mentality is primarily developed, for example, from family members and situations during childhood. Similarly, criminals often engage in victim thinking, believing themselves to be moral and engaging in crime only as a reaction to an immoral world and furthermore feeling that authorities are unfairly singling them out for persecution.

#2 Q. Are there specific skill sets that can be used to distinguish those with victim thinking versus those or are actual victims such as a government or corporate whistleblower?

A. Transactional Analysis (TA) an integrative counseling theory based on game theory that has elements of psychoanalysis, humanist theory, and cognitive psychology. Approaches, first developed by Canadian-born US psychiatrist Eric

Berne, starting in the late 1950s. TA distinguishes real victims from those who adopt the role in bad faith, ignoring their own capacities to improve their situation.

#3 Q. It would seem that if a person truly sees themselves as a victim that this pattern would become integrated into their very being as a “reality”?

A. This is true. I speak of this in conversations within my writings on Applied Game Theory) especially concerning Regenerating Thought Processes and sense and cellular memory.

What happens is that the pattern of seeing oneself as a victim in most or all unpleasant situations is intensified once a pattern of victimization has been internalized, This is what occurs when a person finds his or herself in a double bind — some emotionally distressing dilemma in communication, in which an individual (or group) receives two or more conflicting messages, in which one message negates the other. This creates a situation in which a response to one message appears as an ineffective or failed response to the other (and vice versa). In such a situation the person will automatically be wrong or ineffective regardless of response. Double binds appear when a person is unable to confront an inherent dilemma and thus is unable to resolve it or create an exit strategy.

#4 Q. Is there a way of exploring or studying these patterns?

A. There is a theory that explores Object relations. Here one explores the way possession by a false self can create a permanent sense of victimization- a sense of always being in the hands of an external fate. When addressing victim mentality in problem-solving scenarios there are a number of approaches that can also be explored. These include:

· Spiral of silence: Here one opinion in a group of individuals becomes dominant as those who perceive their opinion to be in the minority remain silent because they fear that they may be isolated or attacked by the group because of their opinion. Spiral of science is also known as political and mass communication theory, an idea propounded by the German political scientist Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann

· Somebody Else’s Problem: (also known as Someone Else’s Problem or SEP) is a mental/emotional action where individuals/groups of individuals choose to dissociate themselves from an issue that may be in critical need of recognition. A common metaphor for this behavior is the “Ostrich putting its head in the sand.”

#5 Q. How can one break this type of pattern?

A. It requires that one take responsibility for one’s own desires and long-term actions. This is not easy to do for a person with a long pattern of victim thinking. Since HAGT is focused on personal development one must approach this issue from this perspective. If the pattern is locked in through what is called “emotional baggage” then various approaches can be used. Among these is Inner Child work. Emotional release Bodywork, Homeopathy, and Energy Medicine, Guided Journal Writing such as has been developed by Ira Progoff and various forms of “Ruthless Introspection”.

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Change your attitude, Surrender your fear, and you can have a life of abundance and happiness.

If you have an interest in how and why I do what I do you may want to check out Harrison’s Applied Game Theory (HAGT).

HAGT is an umbrella term for thousands of systematic strategies that describe why and how individuals and organizations make decisions. This process involves more than just making wise choices. It is concerned with the effective organization of data and facts, predictive analytics, collaborative intelligence, self-love, serving others as well as ourselves and many other related ideas.

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3 Profound and Essential Rules For Effective Self-Evaluation

 

 

How to Become a Master Strategist and Fulfill  Your Potential through Self-awareness. ( 3 min read)

 

Self-evaluation is the process by which our sense of self is explored, and when needed, modified. The desire for self-improvement is a strong motivation to self-evaluate and is central to personal development, self-improvement, and self-awareness.

Self-improvement motivations influence the ways in which we select self-relevant information, gauge its importance, draw inferences about ourselves, and make plans for the future.

Experientially-oriented researchers have identified and investigated 3 cardinal self-evaluation motives (or self-motives) relevant to the development, maintenance, and modification of our beliefs concerning ourselves. These are:

Self-Enhancement,

Self-assessment,

Self-Verification

Let’s explore each.

  • Self-Enhancement: With this motivation, there is a desire to improve the positivity of one’s sense of self, and to protect the self from negative influences. This motive influences people to engage in self-evaluation.

For instance, people process information important to the self in a selective manner, focusing on information that has favorable implications to the self and discarding information with unfavorable implications. People also choose to compare themselves socially to others so as to have greater status and to be placed in a favorable position. By doing this, people seek to boost the (self-evaluated) positivity of themselves or to decrease its negativity. This enables them to increase their levels of self-esteem with the aim of having others see them as more socially desirable.

  • Self-Assessment: The Self-assessment motive is based on the assumption that people want to have an accurate and objective evaluation of themselves. To achieve this goal, they work so as to reduce any uncertainty about their abilities or personality traits. Feedback is sought to increase the accuracy and objectivity of previously formed self-conceptions. This is regardless of whether the new information confirms or challenges the previously existing self-conceptions.

Self-assessment is one of the motives that drive self-evaluation, along with self-verification and self-enhancement. Many personal growth experts believe that a self-assessment motive will prompt people to seek information to confirm their uncertain self-concept rather than their certain self-concept. At the same time, people can use self-assessment to enhance the certainty of their own self-knowledge.

Still one must always keep in mind that the self-assessment motive could be seen as quite different from other self-evaluation motives. Unlike other motives, through self-assessment people are interested in the accuracy of their current self-view, rather than improving their self-view. This makes self-assessment a self-evaluative motive, and one of the few motives that may cause a person’s self-esteem to be damaged.

  • Self-Verification: Here the motive asserts that what motivates people to engage in the self-evaluation process is the desire to verify their pre-existing self-conceptions, maintaining consistency between their previously formed self-conceptions and any new information that could be important to the self (feedback). By doing this, people get a sense of control and predictability in the social world.

 

Takeaway

Research has shown self-assessment to be an extremely important tool for self-improvement and personal development. There are, of course, a wide variety of techniques and mechanisms through which learners describe (i.e., assess) and possibly evaluate the qualities of their own learning and growth processes).

One thing is clear — without some form of self-evaluation, there is no moving forward in life.

Author: Lewis Harrison is a student of Zen and Taoist thought and is the Senior Teacher in the Wisdom Path Community, a social media group exploring the spiritual path in all its forms. He is a regular practitioner of meditation, contemplation, and ruthless self-assessment.

His website is AskLewis.com and he can be emailed directly at LewisCoaches@gmail.com

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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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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.

#21

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.

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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.

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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.

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3 Tips to Achieve Massive Success by Applying Uncommon Sense and Game Theory

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There are many effective approaches to problem-solving, and decision making in applied game theory. Sometimes, the most effective approach is to ignore what seems obvious, logical, and rational. I have come to call these theories un-common sense. It is not that they are actually illogical it is that the logic of them is not obvious on the first appearance.

Tip #1 — Seek out unexpected facts or distortions when you are solving a problem. Many people are familiar with this way of thinking through Black Swan Events (BSE). A BSE is an unpredictable event that is beyond what is normally expected of a situation and which has potentially severe consequences. When dealing with complex and extreme problems simply using critical thinking and deductive reasoning — the process of reasoning from one or more statements (premises) to reach a logical conclusion — simply won’t work. One must also seek out unexpected facts or distortions to that orderly sequence of data. It is these distortions that may inhibit or even assist us in problem-solving. Immersing oneself in game theory strategies is the solution here.

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Tip #2 — Go beyond traditional approaches to rational thinking: Generally speaking, virtually all problems and obstacles can be addressed through critical thinking — The systematic ordering of information in error correction and detection schemes.

Of course, the application of critical thinking to problem-solving, and obstacle removal, as well as approaches to unexpected irrational or unexpected events like BSE all originate with mathematics. Though we are not going to deal with extreme problems and obstacles in this article it may be useful for the advanced critical thinker to know that BSE, and other uncommon sense approaches system are essential to understanding things like chaos theory.

One need not be a mathematician to understand basic logical, and rational thought. Common sense will get you where you need to go, and if more is needed simple addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication will do the trick. Any common-sense approach to a problem is likely an expression of this way of thinking.

When one is confronted with an extreme problem such as a game theory concept called The Monte Hall Problem, it is the uncommon factor that is likely to lead to the solution. This also applies to some of the challenges that appear in our daily lives. There are some things in our lives that cannot be easily planned for, controlled, or even defined other than to say, “It is the unexpected.” Sometimes these things show up in a negative form and you don’t even recognize them when they happen. I call these “Un-intended Negative Consequences”. Applied Game Theory has won many Nobel Prizes for addressing these types of issues.

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Tip #3 — Keep an eye out for unintended negative consequences: These don’t usually happen immediately and that’s why they can be so devastating. Un-intended negative consequences normally develop over an extended period and have a momentum of their own that one may not so easily separate from.

Examples of non-linear factors include extreme weather, unexpected violence, unruly crowds, anything that we commonly call “acts of God”.

All things that appear as uncommon sense may not be the result of external events. There are some internal factors or elements in our being that we are unaware of but which constantly affect who we are and how we think. Often we are unable to move forward on a goal or a vision if we are limited by what seems like an irrational obstacle. Obviously one cannot transcend irrational elements through logic. Yes, there may be logic hidden in plain sight, yet we just can’t see the logic that is there.

One can only adjust and budget for these factors and somehow figure out how to integrate them into daily life. These obstacles are almost always non-sequential and unexpected. There are no trends or patterns you can evaluate to predict for them. All you can do is recognize them when they arrive, compensate for them, and wait them out. The American actor-comedian Dennis Leary has a saying about this which is explored in the very funny and poignant video link below : “Life is tough! Get a helmet.”

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Many consider what I have come to call non-linear events, to be negative but this is not necessarily the case. If you are impatient, have a poor support system, or like to be in control of everything — all of the time — the arrival of a non-linear factor can be frightening, or even overwhelming. But it doesn’t need to be so. It can be positive, serendipity if you will. A simple example might be that you are pulled over by the police because your car’s tail light was not functioning and you were unaware of it. Nevertheless, the officer who pulls you over chooses not to issue you a summons. Sometimes the non-linear factor presents us with serendipity — some effect where we accidentally discover something fortunate, particularly while looking for something else entirely.

There is a subtle link, a thread, or pattern between common and uncommon sense. This why non-linear events are not always as surprising as one might think. There is a subtle skill that some people have of being able to decipher where this pattern lies. Thus, what often appears as an accidental discovery or serendipitous event is actually the end result of subtle, even unconscious factors that bring an individual out of seeming chaos to a sudden unexpected discovery.

A self-actualized person must live in uncommon/common sense reality simultaneously. They have a full experience of the peak experience that comes from a highly evolved aesthetic sensibility and an appreciation of detail and order. They also have a naturally self-regulating and intuitive form of knowledge and expression.

Among some of the great thinkers who explored the distinction between common and uncommon sense and the linear and non-linear are Beethoven, R Emerson, von Goethe, Jefferson, and Adam Smith.

In fact, a person who understands applied game theory can actually create order out of chaos if they master uncommon sense. This is what happens when a vision comes to fruition.

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Applied Game Theory, and the Importance of History in Strategizing

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Welcome to my Applied Game Theory Newsletter. This is the place you will get real facts, not fake news, or the hype of wish-full thinking. Read on and you will learn how to create winning strategies while becoming more effective, efficient, precise, productive, and self-aware.  Today’s report is about How Understanding Factual History can Take Your “Life Game”  to a Higher Level

 

 

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Let’s explore Applied Game Theory and the Importance of History in Strategizing. It has been said that if you don’t understand history you are likely to repeat it. This is especially so if you are seeking to be more EEPPSA (Effective, efficient, precise, productive, and self-aware. The skilled gamer theorist and strategist studies history to isolate essential patterns. This does not need to be complex.

 

 

 

 

Whether it’s the history of thanksgiving, military strategy, or business success a good place to start is the history channel which has a pop-culture sensibility but plenty of interesting questions, Of course, you can Google History and work your way in from there, I learned a lot just watching the movie American History X, If you search history online lots of interesting stuff will pop up, another way to learn about the past is to take today’s dates and look up this day in history or on this date in history, you can look up today in history, some ethnic groups celebrate certain times of the year to explore their history such as black history month, some seek hardcore history fetching every small detail of the narrative, others flow through YouTube history.  Whether you are seeking fact-based clear history or fact-based  revisionist history the journey is the same, If you are interested in specific subjects you can check out the history channel schedule for history channel shows on the subject

 

Applied Game Theory can help you to connect the dots correctly, and isolate the Dots ……….You May Have Missed

On the surface the issue is simple. Anti-democracy Communist China is bad, democratic Hong Kong is good. I’m a big fan of freedom of speech and clearly the Communists are not. Still, the question arises, why has Hong Kong been separate from China all these years? If you study history and look at it all through the perspective of applied game theory things get a bit fuzzy.

Watch the video below and you’ll see what I mean.

 

After watching this video I think you can understand what I mean concerning the history of Hong Kong and history in general. Things are seldom black and white. This is where applied game theory and gamer psychology can be such a powerful tool.

 

 

The fact is that if you did even a little, serious, fact-based research you could find short articles and videos to explain basic facts from different political, social, and, economic perspectives. A good place to start is the history channel which has a pop-culture sensibility but plenty of interesting questions, Of course, you can Google History and work your way in from there, or watch historically driven films, even if fictional. I learned a lot just watching the movie American History X.  If you search history online lots of interesting stuff will pop up.  Another way to learn about the past is to take today’s’ dates and look up this day in history, on this date in history, and you can also lookup today in history.

 

 

 

Some ethnic groups celebrate certain times of the year to explore their history such as black history month, some seek hardcore history fetching every small detail of the narrative, while others flow through YouTube history for short 5-minute video tips.  Whether you are seeking fact-based clear history or fact-based revisionist history the journey is the same. If you are interested in applied game theory and being more effective and efficient, there are specific subjects you can check out on the history channel. See the schedule for history channel shows on the subject.

 

 

Though there may not be one “right point of view” there are certain facts most critical thinkers can agree on even concerning such controversial subjects as:

  • The History of Thanksgiving
  • Why the American Civil War Happened
  • The source of the problems in Hong Kong
  • Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza
  • What happened in the American Revolution – For instance, The Boston Tea Party did not happen in any way as described by most history books. Oh, and if you don’t know what the Boston Tea Party is, there is a challenge right there.(No it wasn’t an actual Tea Party). Look it up!

 

So what is the meaning of history? History” is an umbrella-term that relates to past events as well as the memory, discovery, collection, organization, presentation, and interpretation of information about these events. The definition of history is drawn from the ancient Greek word, historia, meaning ‘inquiry; knowledge acquired by investigation’. Essentially history is the study of the past.

Events occurring before the invention of writing systems are considered prehistory. ” Scholars who focus on history are called historians. The historian’s role is to place the past in context, using sources from moments and events, and filling in the gaps to the best of their ability. Written documents are not the only sources historians use to develop their understanding of the past. They also use material objects, oral accounts, ecological markers, art, and artifacts as historical sources. In a sense, you could, if you wish, become a skilled amateur historian, a person who solves puzzles by organizing historical facts, material objects, oral accounts, ecological markers, art, and artifacts as historical sources. Still, there is a difference between being a gatherer of historical data point and just making stuff up.

 

 

As Daniel Patrick “Pat” Moynihan (March 16, 1927 – March 26, 2003) the respected American politician, sociologist and diplomat once said   “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” In real-time this is important for anyone, whether a Zionist, “boycott Israel” activist, Black Lives Matter Supporter, or gun rights-second amendment constitutionalist, to keep in mind as they wildly Tweet without seeking out historical facts that are not only not hidden but are sitting there in plain sight.

So let’s look a little closer at the history of History

Herodotus, a 5th-century BC Greek historian is often considered (within the Western tradition) to be the “father of history,” or, by some, the “father of lies.” Along with his contemporary Thucydides, he helped form the foundations for the modern study of human history. Their works continue to be read today, and the gap between the culture-focused Herodotus and the military-focused Thucydides remains a point of contention or approach in modern historical writing. In East Asia, a state chronicle, the Spring and Autumn Annals, was known to be compiled from as early as 722 BC although only 2nd-century BC texts have survived, and throughout the aboriginal world history has been passed down through the oral tradition. Is one approach superior to another? Who am I to say. Still, if we wish to transcend old clichés such as “history is written by the winners” we are going to have to put our thinking caps on and do a little research, research that transcends our cognitive biases and logical fallacies about what happened, where and how did it happen, and who was involved or affected by it happening?

 

 

History, like gsme theory also includes the academic discipline which uses narrative to describe, examine, question, and analyze a sequence of past events, investigate the patterns of cause and effect that are related to them. Historians seek to understand and represent the past through narratives. They often debate which narrative best explains an event, as well as the significance of different causes and effects. Historians also debate the nature of history and its usefulness by discussing the study of the discipline as an end in itself and as a way of providing “perspective” on the problems of the present.

 

Stories common to a particular culture, but not supported by external sources (such as the tales surrounding King Arthur), are usually classified as cultural heritage or legends. History differs from myth in that it is supported by evidence. However, ancient influences have helped spawn variant interpretations of the nature of history which have evolved over the centuries and continue to change today. The modern study of history is wide-ranging and includes the study of specific regions and the study of certain topical or thematic elements of historical investigation. History is often taught as part of primary and secondary education, and the academic study of history is a major discipline in university studies.

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