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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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Cathy Young, Anita Sarkeesian, and The Hunger Games

Posted 02-Nov-2014 at 06:38 AM (06:38) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 03-Nov-2014 at 07:00 AM (07:00) by Gurdur

Just out of the blue my eye was caught by an article by Cathy Young (@CathyYoung63) on literary criticism by Anita Sarkeesian (@femfreq) of The Hunger Games (a trilogy of books by author Suzanne Collins, @_SuzanneCollins, which have partly and will be fully rendered into movies). Cathy Young's article is well-written, and presents many worthy points, but I would like to add some points of my own to all this, and there are certain themes that need to be drawn out of the subject - a subject I have...
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Whyever you think you like Game Of Thrones, you're wrong?

Posted 25-Aug-2013 at 11:07 PM (23:07) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 25-Aug-2013 at 11:22 PM (23:22) by Gurdur

Pastabagel (@pastabagel) is a blogger who doesn't blog. So The Last Psychiatrist (TLP; @thelastpsych), who doesn't blog for himself at this time either, does it for him. Pastabagel currently sends TLP long emails, TLP edits them for typos and puts them up on the Partial Objects site. It works, in a way. Whatever Pastabagel has to say is very much worth listening to - and that not only despite but because he is often wrong. It makes you think. Pastabagel is on a tear at the moment about Game Of Thrones...
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The moral blindness of pacifism? A reply to Marty Troyer and Kurt Willems

Posted 23-Mar-2012 at 08:46 PM (20:46) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 24-Mar-2012 at 08:55 AM (08:55) by Gurdur (fixed a typo)

Pacifism is one of those things I admire but do not choose. Is it possible to genuinely admire an ethical choice despite disagreeing with it? This is a question I have often examined myself on, but with no answer as yet. What exactly is the moral argument for pacifism? That too is not so clear. Marty Troyer (@thePeacePastor) has a guest blog post up on the @patheos Pangea blog run by Kurt Willems (@KurtWillems). Both Marty Troyer and Kurt Willems come from the wider Anabaptist branch of Christianity,...
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How do Katniss and Peeta cope with and overcome PTSD? Psychology in The Hunger Games

Posted 16-Mar-2012 at 10:14 AM (10:14) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 16-Mar-2012 at 10:52 AM (10:52) by Gurdur

If you haven't yet read all three of the books in the Hunger Games trilogy, you may not want to read this, since it gives away the ending. But if you're interested in how to cope with PTSD, and if you've read the books, then this is for you. I last blogged about the trilogy by Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay, set USA hardcover edition, British paperback edition) and the movie made of the first book in my post here.

At the end of the whole trilogy,...
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