Nomological Net

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faults in the clouds of delusion

Friday, January 12, 2007


Q: Why did John Nash go schizophrenic?
A: Because he couldn't decide whether he was Player 1 or Player 2.


Blogger J. Alfred Prufrock said...


I hate you for the New Year soak. Which I need now.

And hate is quite mellowed by your YouTube munificence. A blessing upon thy basket and thy store.

(Sour cream maakhbo, phaajil chhnora?!)


1/12/2007 8:22 AM  
Anonymous Ph said...


1/12/2007 6:58 PM  
Blogger km said...

Dear TR,

Hope the bolt of lightning doesn't singe your toes.

Yours anxiously,

1/12/2007 10:13 PM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

you're in a hotel -- use the bathtub!

it took me a while to figure out what you meant by the youtube thing -- i haven't posted any of my escapades there recently. (or ever - just in case you feel like looking.) but now i know. thankee, my pleasure.

and finally about the sour cream. all it takes is for some marketing busybody to pack it into a four ounce kouto and charge a couple of hundred rupees and i assure you it'll be on your shopping list sooner said than done.

ph, km:

1/13/2007 6:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a poet, and an avid reader, I have to say that I very much enjoyed my leisurely stroll through your was time well spent; entertaining and enlightening. I invite you to visit my own, if you like...

1/15/2007 2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Prof, how about an interpretation for those of us who are not adept at game theory?

1/15/2007 10:32 PM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

the lettershaper:
thank you for the kind words, and welcome! please feel free to stop by whenever. i took a quick look at your blog as well and it does look *very* intense. i see i'm going to be spending some time there these next few days :-D

woops, okay :-D here goes: game theory in its most basic form is set up as two "players" making moves out of a given set of allowed choices. e.g., the players could be a husband and a wife, and the choices could be to spend the evening at the opera or go to watch boxing instead. (don't blame me - i didn't make this up.) schizophrenia in its most popular misconceived form is described as the illness wherein someone has two different personalities which surface randomly, e.g., jekyll and hyde. john nash, the economist who invented game theory, suffered from schizophrenia. that's all, really. (*awaiting bolt*)

1/16/2007 1:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Nash was a mathematician - who invented game theory.

1/16/2007 3:50 AM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

ah, these territorial disputes... i was just checking to see if you were paying attention :-D

1/16/2007 5:39 AM  
Anonymous bandafbab said...

Yes, I am. Actually, he is, not was.

1/16/2007 8:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops, sorry. I was just kidding. But it did take me a minute to connect players 1 and 2 to game theory. Probably because I learnt from Hollywood what you learnt (and probably teach) in school.

1/16/2007 10:06 PM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

nice! we're on a roll, here :-D

heh heh, trip well taken. (both ways, i suspect :-D)

1/16/2007 11:30 PM  
Blogger progga said...


2/13/2007 9:32 PM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

bulls-eye :-D

2/14/2007 12:14 AM  
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