Thursday, 5 August 2010

Matt Ridley: When ideas have sex | Video on

Matt Ridley: When ideas have sex | Video on

If you can get past the attention grabbing title, this is actually a very interesting lecture.  The premise is a simple one; communication, sharing, support are the reason why humans have evolved.  Enlightened self interest.  Stunning thought, there isn't a single person on the planet that knows how to make a pencil!  Mining the graphite, harvesting the wood, manufacturing the tools to make it are all skills held by many people collectively but not in a single mind.

Monday, 2 August 2010

There can only be one.....

... winner!  Sadly, as with all competitions of true value, there can only be one winner.  Yes, for those that have been interested - and I am under no delusions that this may actually only be Jason and I - the 10 game series has just finished and the old master has been declared the winner.  7-3

The student accepted the lesson graciously - whilst revenge plotting  was evident on his face, gracious comments to the victor abounded.

Actually, this was a lesson in what gaming is all about.  We both had a great deal of fun, the ante was "upped" with the publicising of the results, and ultimately the pitting of wits and friendly competition meant that we both focussed our endeavour on winning but making sure that the activity itself was thoroughly enjoyable.  It was. I look forward to the next series in about 3 weeks.  For this, I may just publish the results!