Game Theory & You: Media and Writing

Hidden Traps in Our Social Interactions and How to Cope With Them


John Nash obituary

Posted on May 26, 2015

26.5.15 I have just written an obituary of John Nash and his wife Alicia for the U.K. Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/may/25/john-nash It describes Nash's contributions, not only to game theory, but also to mathematics. Here is the original draft: John Nash, who has died in a taxi accident at the age of 86, was a mathematicians’ mathematician. Subject of the film A Beautiful Mind, his name will forever be associated ...

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Game theory and our future: The Glugs of Gosh

Few people outside Australia will have heard of the Australian poet C.J. Dennis, creator of that wonderful rough diamond “The Sentimental Bloke”. But Clarence Michael James Stanislaus Dennis wrote one of the great social parodies in his set of poems “The Glugs of Gosh,” and brilliantly anticipated the paradoxes of modern game theory in two of them: the savage, thought-provoking anti-war satires “The Stones of Gosh” and “Ogs.” ...

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Game theory is about people, not just mathematics. It needs a new name to reflect this

Game theory is all around us. Despite its innocuous-sounding name, it is not just a theory, and it deals with far more than traditional games. It is, in fact, about the real-life strategies that we use in our interactions with other people. Originally proposed by John von Neumann in the late 1940s, it provides a mathematical analysis of those strategies. His analysis exposed a critical flaw in them – a logical paradox which means that when we ...

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Radio Interview with John Petrozzi on Game Theory in Real Life

89.7FM Eastside Radio, Sydney, Australia and www.livingiseasy.com.au In this interview John Petrozzi's speaks to game theorist Len Fisher who describes life as ‘One Big Game’ and he teaches how you can break down any decision you ever have to make in life by applying a few simple rules. John Petrozzi found this a thought provoking interview, and it will impact the way he make his decisions in the future. Listen to podcast

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How can I Trust You? Encounters with Carl Rogers and Game Theory

Chapter in Jeffrey Cornelius-White et al (eds) "Interdisciplinary Handbook of the Person-Centered Approach" (Springer, 2013) On how game theory can provide new insights into the processes of personal counseling, and how Carl Roger's "person-centred" approach may provide a route to the resolution of some of the classic thorny dilemmas of game theory (such as the Prisoner's Dilemma) that plague our efforts to cooperate.

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Game Theory in Real Life

Regensburg, Germany, 29–30 September 2011 Introductory Talk at Interdisciplinary Symposium “Ultimate and proximate determinants of aggression in man (and other primates)”

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In which I learn how to fix a relationship breakdown Interview with Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson

Sunday Life "...And so it was that I shared a peppermint tea with Australian-born game theory writer Len Fisher, author of Rock, Paper, Scissors, who explained to me strategies for negotiating through the grimmest of relationship stalemates. So I’m never drafted again." wrote Sarah Wilson. Read more

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Bernard Madoff’s Money Game

The Washington Post There seems to be little doubt that Bernard Madoff is a cheat. His apparent Ponzi scheme, in which capital from new investors would have been used to pay "dividends" to earlier investors, ultimately cost the participants many billions of dollars. But was it all Madoff's fault? I contend that the losses would have been less severe, and might not have occurred at all, if many of the Madoff's investors had not been cast from ...

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Madoff’s Willing Partners

Posted on December 20, 2008

The Washington Post There seems to be little doubt that Bernard Madoff is a cheat. His apparent Ponzi scheme, in which capital from new investors would have been used to pay "dividends" to earlier investors, ultimately cost the participants many billions of dollars. But was it all Madoff's fault? I contend that the losses would have been less severe, and might not have occurred at all, if many of the Madoff's investors had not been cast from ...

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CEOs of Financial Institutions Should Now Light Their Pants on Fire

Posted on December 19, 2008

Len Fisher, Behind the Headlines: Game Theory in the News Blog Can game theory help us in the current financial mess? According to some skeptics, the answer is no, because they believe that game theory can be manipulated to explain anything. "If a bank president was standing in the street and lighting his pants on fire" says strategic analyst Richard Rumelt "some game theorist would explain it as rational." I am keenly interested in what game ...

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