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The Evolution of Competition

Posted on February 7, 2017

Death inspires me Like a dog inspires a rabbit. ― Twenty One Pilots, “Heavydirtysoul” (2017) Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. ― Sigmund Freud, who probably never actually said this (but should have) Over the past few weeks, I’ve had a fight with my wife, spoiling an otherwise wonderful night out, and email spats with two […]

1914 is (still) the New Black

Posted on July 6, 2015

There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen. – Vladimir Lenin (1870 – 1924)  In 1914, Europe had arrived at a point in which every country except Germany was afraid of the present, and Germany was afraid of the future.  – Sir Edward Grey (1862 – 1933)  Last week’s email, […]

1914 is the New Black

Posted on June 29, 2015

Man in Black: All right. Where is the poison? The battle of wits has begun. It ends when you decide and we both drink, and find out who is right … and who is dead. – “The Princess Bride” (1987)  Time is a game played beautifully by children. – Heraclitus of Ephesus (535 – 475 […]

Inherent Vice

Posted on June 22, 2015

Nash: See, if I derive an equilibrium where prevalance is a non-singular event where nobody loses, can you imagine the effect that would have on conflict scenarios, arms negotiations … Charles: When did you last eat? Nash: … currency exchange … Charles: When did you last eat? You know, food. Nash: You have no respect […]

The Clash of Civilizations

Posted on December 29, 2014

Thomas Cole, “The Course of Empire: Destruction” (1836) In the emerging world of ethnic conflict and civilizational clash, Western belief in the universality of Western culture suffers three problems: it is false; it is immoral; and it is dangerous. – Samuel P. Huntington, “The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order” (1996) The […]