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Will the Future President of China be an African?

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Posted: October 28th, 2010
at 7:37am by Koookiecrumbles


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Diplomacy as a Game Theory Laboratory

Game theory. You’ve studiedAthe posts, you’ve laughed atAthe comics, you’ve heard theAmusic1. But the best way to make itATruly Part Of You is to play a genuine game, and I have yet to find any more effective than Diplomacy.

Diplomacy is a board game for seven people played on a map of WWI Europe. The goal is to capture as many strategic provinces ("supply centers") as possible; eighteen are needed to win. But each player’s country starts off with the same sized army, and there is no luck or opportunity for especially clever tactics. The most common way to defeat an enemy is to form coalitions with other players. But your enemies will also be trying to form coalitions, and the most profitable move is often to be a "double agent", stringing both countries along as long as you can. All game moves are written in secret and revealed at the same time and there are no enforcement mechanisms, so alliances, despite their central importance, aren’t always worth the paper they’re printed on.

The conditions of Diplomacy - competition for scarce resources, rational self-interested actors, importance of coalitions, lack of external enforcement mechanisms - mirror the conditions of game theoretic situations like the Prisoner’s Dilemma (and the conditions of most of human evolution!) and so make a surprisingly powerful laboratory for analyzing concepts like trust, friendship, government, and even religion.

Over the past few months, I’ve played two online games of Diplomacy. One I won through a particularly interesting method; the other I lost quite badly, but with an unusual consolation. This post is based on notes I took during the games about relevant game theoretic situations. You don’t need to know the rules of Diplomacy to understand the post, but if you want a lookAyou can find them here.

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Posted: October 14th, 2010
at 2:05am by Koookiecrumbles


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TED: Carne Ross

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Posted: October 3rd, 2010
at 8:05pm by Koookiecrumbles


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The Legend of Koizumi

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Posted: September 3rd, 2010
at 8:59am by Koookiecrumbles


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The Tiger Gap

A shocking news bulletin indicates that smugglers wereAattempting to bring a tiger cub into Iran.A Tigers are of course an endangered species, as rare as uranium, and zoos around the world are racing to enrich their tiger stocks.A While we can't be certain of the identity of the intended recipients in Iran, the Revolutionary Guard is known to be interested in acquiring the most advanced muscle and claw technology.A Indeed, officials in Israel fear that if Iran is not stopped they could soon have a formidable arsenal of large felines.A With this arsenal, no gazelle, goat, or sheep in the region would be safe.A Continued Iranian defiance of international conventions on endangered species would also have grave implications for the endangered Arabian leopard, the few remaining lion prides in India, and the snow leopards of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

In order to stave this off, Israeli officials privately confide that they may have no choice but to bomb zoos in Tehran within the next year, unless the US acts quickly.A While such an extreme measure would of course inflame Muslims and zoo enthusiasts around the world, the principles at stake are too important for this defiance to be unopposed.A The Middle East is a dangerous neighborhood, red in tooth and claw, and Netanyahu fears that without action to force the Ayatollahs to change their stripes, Iran will have regional feline supremacy.A At that point, the Gulf states will quickly fall into Tehran's diplomatic and tourist orbit, further undermining US interests in the region.

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Posted: August 27th, 2010
at 1:11pm by Koookiecrumbles


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Poster Children of the Hermit Kingdom

Foreigners are allowed few glimpses into the reality or mindset of North Korea today. But author B.R. Myers has managed to collect rare slides of North Korean propaganda posters, which illustrate the eerie mythology the government wants its impoverished people to believe.

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Posted: July 15th, 2010
at 12:52am by Koookiecrumbles


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The Art of War (tenets) by Sun Tzu

The Art of War by Sun Tzu brought to you by the Internet Classics Archive at MIT, translated tenants by Lionel Giles.

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Posted: June 19th, 2010
at 4:51pm by Koookiecrumbles


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The Secret Powers of Time

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Professor Philip Zimbardo conveys how our individual perspectives of time affect our work, health and well-being. Time influences who we are as a person, how we view relationships and how we act in the world.

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Posted: June 3rd, 2010
at 4:15pm by Koookiecrumbles


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Primary Sources: No Secrets

WikiLeaks front man Julian Paul Assange and his Icelandic transformation- how did his wish to under-serve those who hold "power without accountability" lead to the disintegration of his own orchestrated press club release? This New Yorker article by Raffi Khatchadourian due out next week explores his undoings in and out of the Bunker.

"If it feels a little bit like we're amateurs, it is because we are. Everyone is an amateur in this business."

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