Re: virus: The game of life (was Gyoto monks)

David McFadzean (
Fri, 11 Jul 1997 11:45:27 -0600

At 02:33 PM 11/07/97 -0500, Eric Boyd wrote:
>John ''I Take Large Steps'' Williams wrote:
>> What are these games?
>Everything is a game. There is the game of education, the game of
>religion, the game of love, the game of ...

The game of market share, the game of international diplomacy,
the game of passing your genes on, the game of office politics,
the game of eat or be eaten, the game of exploration and discovery,
the competition for funding and/or approval,
the game of east vs. west, the haves vs. the havenots,
philosophical games (Dennett vs. Gould, Searle vs. Chalmers),
mailing list games...

Exercise for the reader: the final chess game between Kasparov
and Deep Blue was a single move in many higher order games.
Can you find them?

>> How do you define them? What are they based on?
>Most I beleive are based on a set of informal rules called "culture"
>But then, others are actively *fighting* culture.

I think any way you slice the human (or lifeform) condition you
will find a game, ie., one or more autonomous agents (players)
making decisions (consciously or not) based on incomplete information
(uncertainty) about taking actions (moves) to further their goals.

>> Is there a "right" game or set of games, and a "wrong" game
>> or set of games?
>This is a normative question. What is "good" for you? I'm willing to
>bet it's different from what is good for me. Choose the games you think
>offer the most rewards. Like pleasure. Like *meaning* (or effect).
>Like *power*, if that's what you want. The point is that anything you
>want from a game can be had. If the game you want isn't underway,
>*start* it!

I couldn't have said it better.

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus