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Thursday, September 15, 2005
 
SKETCHING AN IDEA

As I am facing another long day and I'm tired to the point where stringing sentences together with any coherence is proving difficult, I thought I'd try an informal format and see what the resultant reaction might be from the readership. Here goes.....


Deep Influence Networks:

Ideologist -------> Big Idea:

Conceptual Reorganization within a vertical subfield or domain <--Utility
Horizontal Applications across domains <------ Strong Memetic appeal
Re-Framing old intractable questions
Is Big Idea Zero Sum or Nonzero Sum ?
Simplification vs. Complexity
Cultural universality vs. exceptionality
Conflicting with or reinforcing of dominant societal worldview?

Disciples<-------- Ideologist-------->Patrons
Free-Scale Network builders vs. Free-scale Network providers


Communication Networks <----Big Idea ----> Insider Influencers
( Wide Dispersal )_________________________( Targeted Dispersal)
Passive Acceptance_________________________Active Adherence
Passive Opposition__________________________Active Opposition

Questions:

Allies - discrete category ?
Closed vs. Open system Big Ideas ?

COGNITIVE LINK:

Just for fun, Dan of tdaxp and his grad class in what looks to psych theory.
 
Comments:
LOL!

It's great to know that even with my radically reduce blogging schedule, my inability to communicate still shines :) The actually interesting cognition classes -- which bordered on fingertip-feeling and Boydian War remain invisible, while a post on mind tricks gets linked! :)

Unrelated: I'm fingertip-feeling my way back to blogging. I'm triaging "class" time pretty sharply, as it is the least valuable (socially, academically, etc) thing I'm doing at UNL.

Unrelated 2: Today in seminar I remember Barnett's comment, about how the professariate gloats over their unread papers while he was actually doing something. Some smart guys here spent an incredible amount of time to write an article or even a book that makes --- what? Meanwhile, ZenPundit, TPMB::Weblog, and Informed Comment are academicoid blogs that actually have reach.
 
Hey Dan,

I'm glad you are enjoying your graduate studies. It's a good opportunity to to explore a lot of new things intellectually and otherwise before real-life imposes the tyranny of the mundane on you ;o)

I like " academoid" good neologism there ! You're right though. Neither Barnett not Cole had as wide a parameter of influence prior to blogging. A PhD. on its own buys a pretty small audience of fellow academics or niche experts.

I'm a little bit different from either Dr. Barnett or Professor Cole - they have relatively sizable audiences and multiple platforms.

Knowing the limits of comparative advantage my best strategy is to influnece other influencers rather than try to move up the NZ Bear Ecosystem. I don't write particularly well for a mass audience anyway, unless I want to go into partisan-bashing of the other side and keep things simple and timely. And I really don't.

Surface partisan battles were fun and interesting when I was maybe 20 but I'm more interested in fundamental trends these days.
 
Hi Mark,
I liked the format you used. If anyone deserves a break you do. Sometimes I think you must have six people working for you. For me what you laid out this time is kind of like a puzzle for me to pick apart. I like it.
I have a problem with the win-win situation like Bill Clinton described in your zero sum link. To me a win-win situation is a zero sum game, or it describes a situation, the exchange of kinetic and potential energy, as a sum of the forces is equal to zero. Their description of it is more like fusion (I hope I got the right one) where the outcome is greater than what you started with. Of course it is probably the case that the person who designed the zero sum game used a different numbering system. 1 is simply the mark where all forces are at rest. Then zero is where there is something lacking or all kinetic and potential energy is used up on one side of the equation or the other. I am just not sure and will have to read more about this subject.
A win-win situation is good but not necessarily equal. If it is not equal does that mean, in fact, there was a winner? If a win-win situation is equal then it is a zero game. Win=win, win-win=0. The sum of the win is equal to zero. It just really doesn’t make since to me.
 
Hi Larry,

Ah, Dr. Von, where are you and your high-level mathematical reasoning skills when I need them to bolster my rudimentary grasp of Game Theory??? Maybe he'll see this post and decide to chime in.

Larry, you wrote:

"A win-win situation is good but not necessarily equal."

Very true. There may be some parties who " win" relatively more than others in such a scenario.

"If it is not equal does that mean, in fact, there was a winner?"

A very interesting normative question. I see two possibilities:

Objectively, if both parties end off beter positioned in some way then they would have been otherwise combined in a zero-sum outcome then both are winners even if the relatively better off winner alone would have profited more under a zero-sum scenario. I think that can be demonstated fairly clearly by the Prisoner's Dilemma.

Subjectively, if the improvement in position leaves the player feeling disatisfied - perhaps they are oriented toward maximizing potential gains rather than assuring minimal ones - or minimizing the gains of others - then they may very well not feel like winners. Rational choice theory has its limitations because people do not share a common objective perspective from which to estimate gains. Moreover, the larger the range of potential choices the more likely the player will second-guess and feel "buyer's remorse" regardless of how good the outcome.


"if a win-win situation is equal then it is a zero game. Win=win, win-win=0.The sum of the win is equal to zero. It just really doesn’t make since to me "

If players maintain their status relative to one another yet both improve their position, why would this not be a win ? They are also playing against the scenario, not just one another.

Von...comments ? Or Dave ? Dan ?
 
Communication Networks <----Big Idea ----> Insider Influencers
( Wide Dispersal )_________________________( Targeted Dispersal)
Passive Acceptance_________________________Active Adherence
Passive Opposition__________________________Active Opposition


The wide of wide-dispersal/targeted-dispersal network operators reminds me of wide/loose networks, and "panzers" and "soldats"

But does this imply that Paul (a wide dispersal operator) was "passive" while the slave girl of Acts 16 would be "active"?
 
Dan,

I would have to look up the relevant passages and try to put them into the historical context of the turbulent first century a.d. ( yes, a.d. - any crackpot substitutions like C.E. are officially banned at Zenpundit out of a mixture of common sense and a respect for the last two milennnia of Western history)
 
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