Socrates and Game Theory

The Greek philosopher Socrates stated that, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

Many people have never heard this quote, and if they did, it would not be of concern or of interest to them. They are perfectly content to live their lives unexamined. They eat, sleep, go to a house of worship, go to their job, watch television, play video games, marry, have kids and do what is generally viewed by society as living normal lives. They will experience ups and downs, as we all do in life, but they will survive developing strategies throughout their lives to do so. They are essentially content to live pedestrian lives and may even prosper by doing so.  If I was a person inclined to envy, I might be envious of them. Living life without thinking about what “Is,” and why and how what “Is” is can be a blessing.  Sadly, or fortunately, I am not wired in this way. I need to ask about truth, love, God, etc. The search for meaning is something that drives me and always has.

One of the most fascinating ways of self examination is the study of Game Theory and the Course on Life Strategies which is based on Game Theory.


If you are one of those individuals that is always asking questions-is always exploring the meaning of things while at the same time developing strategies to survive, and even prosper- then you will find game theory and the ideas of John Von Neumann fascinating.


Here are the basic definitions:


Game Theory: Among scientists it is the name used to describe mathematical concepts (systems) that were designed to explain why and how individuals and organizations strategize, i.e. make decisions when one person (or more than one other person) might also affect the outcome of the decision.




Applied Game Theory (LHAGT):  An umbrella term for thousands of life strategies  including those related to business, politics, spirituality, competition, sports, romance and even interactions with nonhuman players such as computers, animals, and plants.  Most of the games within the model of Lewis Harrison’s Applied Game Theory combine rational and intuitive strategies the goal which is to maximize love, joy, freedom, clarity of thought, emotional balance, personal contentment, inner wisdom and happiness.  A comprehensive list of over 500 games discussed by Lewis and his students can be found at:



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *