Stranger In An Even Stranger Land - blog by Gurdur


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The gamification of human society and control: Modelling markets, protest, regulation, cooperation, planning and freedom

Posted 11-Dec-2014 at 03:06 PM (15:06) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 11-Dec-2014 at 05:28 PM (17:28) by Gurdur

Gamification of human society has gone on a lot longer than you might think. There is the ancient game of chess, which came to to the West via Persia (checkmate, IIRC, comes from shah-mak, meaning death of the Shah). Chess, which has Chinese (象棋, Xingq) and Japanese (将棋, shōgi) forms as well, models both human society and ritualized warfare. Much more ancient is the game of Go ( 囲碁, igo). The game of course models conflict, though not with as much...
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Society, Ethics And Science Weekly blogs round-up - 27/28 March 2011

Posted 29-Mar-2011 at 01:04 AM (01:04) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 29-Mar-2011 at 12:04 PM (12:04) by Gurdur

My weekly blogs round-up, on science and society and, well, everything. This time round including as much info as possible so you can see how to garner info yourself, giving Twitter handles and so on, and a fair few press reports.

Science, nature conservation, ecology:
Some good news at very long last (with thanks, h/t to @geostuff for the alert): "Tiger Numbers Increase in India". And while on the animal/nature conservation front, the Scientific American blogs have a guest post up...
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Dirty pool on the Go board

Posted 23-Aug-2009 at 08:45 AM (08:45) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 25-Mar-2010 at 10:47 AM (10:47) by Gurdur

I play Go, as you may already know. Go is also known as Igo (the Japanese term), weiqi or wei ch'i (the Chinese terms) or baduk or paduk (the Korean term). I play it these days on the Kiseido Go Server. Usually, online play is a lot more civilized than a roomful of players at a Go club, since Go players can match chess club players for verbal insults and even physical aggression any day.

I've never frequented chess clubs that much, but one phenomenon I've noticed about Go club players...
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