How to Get Enlightenment: A Game Theory Perspective

I cannot define what is “Enlightenment” with any mathematical surety but one thing I am 99.999999…% sure of,  that there are many paths to Enlightenment and the extraordinary individual not only recognizes this but also gets to choose fwhich path to walk upon.

These paths are not associated with any particular organization, There is no church, temple, mosque to belong to or services to attend. There are no rites, rituals, ceremonies, clergy, specific holiday books or strict rules.

This week we had a gathering of Wisdom path Community members at our retreat center  – www.theCatskillsBedandBreakfast.com  and we began to discuss zen, Buddhism, the Dalai Lama and the concept of Enlightenment.

Everything in the universe seems to have a pattern of some sorts; some systematic element that links all the people, places and things.  The great link between all paths is LOVE. Of course for some, surrendering to love is to frightening a proposition. So for those not ready to “Surrender” to what  “Is” here is a formula for taking the journey. Think of it metaphorically like “A” Yellow Brick Road to Oz” or as any path you might wish to imagine.

What is Your Life Vision

Vision 1

The portal to any path of enlightenment is to define your life mission or vision.  The refrain “If you don’t know where you‘re goingany road‘ take you there” a paraphrase of an exchange between Alice and the Cheshire Cat in Chapter 6 of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland says it all.

To have a mission or vision means that one has a concept of what one wishes to experience. It is an expression of ones fundamental needs. To have a life mission or mission set’s the process in motion.

The Process

Process 2

The process usually takes one of, or a combination of three elements. One is literally drawn to do one of these things.

  1. Study some form of organized knowledge. Often this is sacred texts or holy books, philosophy, theology or science.
  2. Expand or development intellectual skills and other mental tools for learning.
  3. Enlarging and understanding idea and values. This includes ethics, moral thought and intuitive understanding of being

Means

Vision 3

Once one has been drawn to and chosen one of the three processes a need arises to act upon it.  There are usually three actions that one may chose to further move onto the Path from process. These are;

  1. Structured, formal instruction through lectures, textbooks, tests and quizzes.
  2. Coaching, mentoring, and supervised practice.
  3. Questioning and exploration of ideas through active participation. This is commonly known as the Socratic Method.

Forms (Doing What Needs to be Done)

Vision 5

With Vision comes the concept of Process and Means is necessary to bring that process to fruition. Just as a one might wish to experience the ocean mist upon ones face (Vision), they must go to a place where there is an ocean mist (Process).

Now the question arises what forms, area of operation and activities will one choose to fully engage this framework and bring it to fruition.

Again there are three aspects for doing this. Some of these take the means that we have already embraced and giving them a more structured form.

The three forms are:

  1. Choosing specific areas of specialty to act on (three is a good number to begin with) and narrowing one focus onto one are or expanding outwards. (Expanding would need to be the natural pattern of expression for a “polymath” or Renaissance man or woman.
  2. A changing , flexible and ever-changing mixture of reading writing, speaking, and listening; mathematical calculating , planning, problem-solving, observing, measuring and estimating; and exercising critical judgment under the guidance of a coach or mentor.
  3. Discussion of important ideas with a coach or mentor and a program of meditation, contemplation and at times ruthless introspection.

The three choices in any category to not necessarily flow into the next category in any order or sequence nor is any one approach or form of teaching or learning necessarily confined to any one area of exploration.

Thanks for reading and sharing my work.

Lewis

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Lewis Harrison is an author, content rich, motivational speaker, mentor and coach. You can reach him at LewisCoaches@gmail.com

Lewis is an explicator and demystifier on the links between spirituality, game theory, quantum physics, economics, personal growth and human potential.

He often uses Swarm Optimization at trade shows where there are thousands of attendees.

He offers stress management programs throughout the United  States. Part of this company is  his corporate chair massage company, eventschairmassage.com provides seated and chair massage for stress management seminars and trainings as well to special events for  meeting planners and meeting professionals in New York City, New Jersey Las Veges, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Greensboro NC, Florida and other major meeting and conventions venues.

Problem Solving, Particle Swarm Optimization, & Lewis Harrison’s Applied Game Theory

I was having a conversation with one of my students this week about how mathematics and computer sciences can solve extremely complex problems. She specifically asked me to describe it in a simple and understandable way.

 

This was not difficult to do since though I have some skill at understanding complex theories related to problem solving and decision science but I’m not very skilled at mathematics.

I walked with her outside of our retreat center and pointed to the sky. There was a swarm of Canadian Geese flying over head. I said to her, “That is a Particle Swarm. That pattern of geese is the basis of one of the most important problem solving t- tools ever developed “Particle Swarm Optimization”.

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PSO. among the most common metaheuristic algorithms is  a computational method often used in In computer science,  that optimizes a problem by trying to improve a   a member of a set of possible solutions(a candidate solution) to a given problem with regard to a given measure of quality. Described in more simple terms Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO)  is a mathematical, population  based algorithm for solving problems related to social behavior and engineering.

Particle Swarm Optimization combines rigid paradigms with more flexible social paradigms -social-psychological principles.  Swarm optimization provides insights into social behavior that was not easily recognized before.

PSO It has been used in many engineering applications, in art installations, to compose music, and to model organizations and markets. The first description of the particle swarm optimization algorithm was 1995 and was presented by James Kennedy and Russell C. Barnhart.

Kennedy and Barnhart observed that individuals naturally seem to solve problems most effectively by speaking with other individual.  Each individual remembers a situation where they were highly effective in solving a specific problem. This information is presented to others in the group (swarm.)  At the same time the individual is able to interact with and observe others in the swarm and note the optimum solution for the same problem.  This may possibly be a superior solution that may already exist in the swarm, or in areas of the swarm. As these individuals interact with the swarm and are a reflection of the swarm, their behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs, change to ever-greater levels of effectiveness in the solving of problems.  In this algorithm any individual may be a potential or “ candidate” solution. This is known as a particle, hence the name “particle swarm.”

PSO

It is amazing to observe the changes that take place in the “swarm” of particles. It is as if individuals are moving toward one another in a social space where rapport and commonality of thought co-exist. (sociocognitive space.)

 

As with many mathematically based techniques (PSO) has evolved greatly since its development. The form in which it is presently applied is barely recognizable when compared to the original version of the algorithm.

This type of algorithm can be applied in LHAGT since that approach to problem solving and decision making  explores the use of problem solving skills, human resource skills and many other variables, interacting and continually elevating the process towards ever more productivity and effectiveness at a lower and lower cost.  This is the essence of Particle Swarm Optimization.

Even if an individual is not a mathematician they can  make sense out of this. What be required is the willingness of the individual to seek out experts, mathematicians, statisticians, and computer scientists to solve extreme problems using PSO.  PSO is one of the most valuable tools for  solve extreme problems and there are few downsides. As extreme problems of ever-greater difficulty present themselves, new modifications are developed for multi-objective optimization.  This solution can be applied to find solutions for linear or non-linear obstacles. Mathematicians have also modified PSOs to create new versions known as “repulsive particle swarm optimization.

 

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The master decision maker is defined as such because he/she has the ability and willingness to think out of the box and delegate to others who can do the same.

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Lewis Harrison is an author, content rich, motivational speaker, mentor and coach. You can reach him at LewisCoaches@gmail.com

Lewis is an explicator and demystifier on the links between spirituality, game theory, quantum physics, economics, personal growth and human potential.

He often uses Swarm Optimization at trade shows where there are thousands of attendees.

He offers stress management programs throughout the United  States. Part of this company is  his corporate chair massage company, eventschairmassage.com provides seated and chair massage for stress management seminars and trainings as well to special events for  meeting planners and meeting professionals in New York City, New Jersey Las Veges, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Greensboro NC, Florida and other major meeting and conventions venues.