Systems And Games

Real World systems are Open System-s, which makes them messily non-linear.

They are also Human System-s.

This makes them like games. (There are other conditions, like having active agents, which I should explore eventually...) (Real WorldGame-s)

I'm trying to think of most situations as games, because it reminds me that

  • people who annoy me are usually just challenges/barriers, not adversaries

  • fun/happiness is a reasonable objective

  • rules are often arbitrary and even unofficial. You can break many rules, you can make new rules. Each is just a Game Rule.

  • there's often a trick that will get you to the next level when head-banging micro-optimization will fail you.

John Taylor Gatto called Education a "HelixSport", where "participants search for a new relationship with themselves". Unfortunately, I can't find any other references to this phrase. Here’s a principle of real education to carry you through the moments of self-doubt. Education is a helix sport, a unique personal project like seatless unicycle riding over trackless wilderness, a sport that avoids rails, rules, and programmed confinement. The familiar versions of this are cross-country skiing, sailing, hang-gliding, skateboarding, surfing, solitary mountain climbing, thousand-mile walks, things like that. I think of education as one, too. In a helix sport the players search for a new relationship with themselves. They endure pain and risk to achieve this goal. Helix sports are free of expert micromanagement. Experts can’t help you much in that moment of truth when a mistake might leave you dead. Helix sports are a revolt against predestination. Bringing children up properly (Raising Kids) is a helix sport forcing you to realize that no boy or girl on earth is just like another. If you do understand this you also understand there can exist no reliable map to tell you all you need to do.

I'm interested in economics and Business Model-s, people-friendly local systems (architecture, Urban Planning, Transportation, Education), etc.

There are many schools of Systems Thinking. Perhaps I should think in the more general terms of Thinking Tools.

See The RICH Economy.

I need to focus my attention on one of many possible Games To Play. But There Is But One Infinite Game.

Thinking about games can raise questions about the Nature Of Truth. And Game Theory of course.

Sometimes fuzzy discussions about real-world systems can be grounded by reference to Macro Statistics.


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