The Great Game Theory Guide: #4 — 3 Ways Game Theory Transformed My Life
Before I share with you how game theory transformed my life it may be of value for you to get a basic introduction/simple explanation of the basics of game theory.
Below is an article (a-6 minutes read) as well as a more in-depth video to help you ease into the concept.
Both the article and video were created so they would be understood by a 12-year-old.
Over the last decade I learned:
1. We all want to make wise decisions and it is through the study and application of game theory we can do so. This is especially so when one or more people, places, or things might affect the outcome of the decision.
Some researchers believe that the most skilled and effective game theorists are essentially responding instinctually to natural law. These researchers believe that there is something instinctual in humans telling them when it is best to apply logic to decision-making, rather than just intuition.
Of course today we have mathematical concepts and computer models to effectively predict the most productive behaviors.
2. Game theory has become an essential element of my daily life. This is so for others as well, yet most do not realize it. Interestingly game theory is not taught in elementary school or high school. By studying and applying game theory I became more organized and productive, met my wife, and became a philanthropist using OPM.
I learned that one can’t apply game theory and game-based thinking ( gamer psychology) without some basic definitions in place, such as win-lose, win-win, sequential games.
Over the years I have taken the principles of game theory and use them in everyday life. I have immersed myself in this way of thinking; for choosing a mate, investing, and even to determine when’s the best time to go to the supermarket, and which lines there move most quickly.
I use the title Harrison’s Applied Game Theory (HAGT) as an umbrella term for hundreds of game-based approaches to problem-solving, and
self-awareness. HAGT, combines logic, rational thought, deep introspection, and intuition. These various processes in combination can create effective, efficient, precise, and productive strategies for solving problems. Still, it isn’t all about math and logic. The goal of HAGT is to maximize love, kindness, compassion, empathy, joy, freedom, clarity of thought, emotional balance, personal contentment, inner wisdom, and happiness, through the forming of collaborative communities.
It has been my experience since the late 1970s, with the invention of Rubik’s Cube, and the later development of Icons and Apps on computers, smartphones, and other smart devices that the structure and function of most human interactions have increasingly been reduced to following codes, regulations, and rules of behavior. In addition, it is clear to me that this “in the box” thinking can usually be defined and measured by simple, basic, and easy to apply algorithms. These mathematical formulas are so simple, that an ordinary child of eight or nine years old can understand them.
Many of us have embraced a rigid, systematic approach to life. We do this either consciously or unconsciously as we shop algorithmically on Amazon.com. It is brain-numbing. In my own evolution I have come to the conclusion that aside from a few abstract concepts such as love, art, truth, philosophy, culture, and God, life can be defined as a type of puzzle or game that any person can strategize to win. Clearly, game theory, the study of winning patterns, and strategizing in human behavior is one of the most important concepts to come out of the 20th century.
Since I was first introduced to the concept of game theory and gamer psychology through the movie A Beautiful Mind and the American television shows Have Gun, Will Travel, MacGyver, Num3ers, and House, MD, I have spent much of my time exploring articles, books and online courses on the concept of game theory.
As a young person, I was always a poor math student as well as an underachiever. Nothing really grabbed my passion. I have always wondered how, this being the case, I developed my knowledge and practical expertise in game theory and gamer psychology?
Understanding the basics of game theory will come to you easily. Even today, my own understanding of advanced game theory concepts is very limited. Still, I have been able to apply the basics of game theory to maximize my potential in becoming a best-selling author, radio talk show host, and successful entrepreneur. Much of my skill as a game thinker comes from studying, meeting, and speaking with people who have mastered some basic elements of gamer psychology. My skill in gamer psychology has enabled me to work as a consultant for the filmmaker and social activist Michael Moore on his television show, the “Awful Truth.” I have been invited to, and attended a meeting of the Council on Foreign Relations on the Middle East, and watched as negotiations and political strategy unfolded in real-time. I was even a “player” in a series of wealth exposes team that included Tony Robbins, George Forman, and Barbara Corcoran (of the television show Shark Tank.
3. Lastly, all of these extraordinary thought leaders have brought me to a powerful understanding. Life is a combination game/puzzle that can be won with the correct game theory strategies. The person willing to commit 5–10 minutes a day to studying game theory and gamer psychology, as I have done, is destined to have a meaningful life filled with physical, emotional, financial, and spiritual freedom. Game Psychology when applied properly, can maximize any individual or group's potential at the lowest possible cost.
Lewis Harrison is a best-selling author. An Independent Scholar in Practical Philosophy, he has a passion for applying game theory strategies and Life Skills in self-improvement. He is the author of the book, Harrison’s Applied Game Theory.
To read more about how applied game theory can lead to happiness please check out this Medium.com Story — https://lewiscoaches.medium.com/why-game-theory-is-the-secret-to-great-and-enduring-happiness-24adf32bef5
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