LifeHacking, and Ethical Thought in Problem Solving LifeHacking, and Ethical Thought in Problem Solving

I was recently at a stress management conference and there was a panel on ethics and problems solving. One of the vendors there was The New York City Chair Massage Company – www.eventschairmassage.com

This is what I learned talking to a chair massage therapist who deals with ethical issues constantly as one of the best massage therapists in New York City.

Some problems come about because we don’t understand the distinction between what is ethically right and wrong.

When I ask people about the difference between ethics and morality most do not have a distinction between these two concepts.

This distinction came to me when  I was teaching a course on hypnosis,  NLP*, stress management and leadership and someone asked if manipulating people was ethical.

This question requires more than just a yes or no answer. In my approach to problem solving and decision-making ethics and morality are different though for many social scientists they are interchangeable. It is generally agreed in most of the social sciences that morality is the study of what  makes  actions  right  and  wrong. The word ‘ethics’ is commonly used interchangeably with ‘morality’. I have always found value in applying a distinction between an individual’s sense of right and wrong (ethics) as opposed to a “group’s” definition. Ethics, in a personal sense of right and wrong may go against a morality imposed from the group onto the individual.

When strategizing to solve a problem, ethical behavior is a reflection of a person’s intent to act whereas morality becomes the rule of the game as imposed on all the players. This distinction becomes important when exploring ideas such as fair play or cheating.

There are many theories concerning morality and ethics. The practical element  of  all  this can become very tricky, and there are many ethical theories that deal with  complex  issues  related  to  perspective, duty, obligation,  personal or cultural values, codes of conduct  and social mores.

 

This is especially so when one is forced into a Zero Sum Game* where there can only be one winner.

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Lewis Harrison – RealUGuru, is a master lifehacker, writer, mentor, success and wealth coach, content-rich, motivational speaker, and an entrepreneur specializing in problem solving and strategizing  based on game thinking, applied game theory and Game Thinking.

He is the author of over twenty-two books published in five languages.

  

Don’t forget to tune to the RealUGuru Radio show every Thursday 4-6 PM EST  at WIOX 91.3 FM or on your smart device at WIOXRadio.org.

WIOX is a diverse station that broadcasts original programming including presentation from NPR, the BBC, Democracy Now etc.

If you are interested in business success in the 21st Century in the arts or in any other endeavor you need to read Lewis’ recently published business books.

You can find books on game theory and business success here:

http://www.realuguru.com/products/printed-books/building-your-business-in-the-new-digital-reality/

http://www.realuguru.com/products/printed-books/gamification-for-business/

This course and all the offerings on www.RealUGuru.com  focus on the application of applied game thinking, gamification, decision science, positive psychology, happiness,  and visionary thinking to solve basic, complex and extreme problems. He is the creator of a free course on business success and human potential.

Here is a short interview with Lewis;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp4DtXpPBeM

Today’s stress management blog is supported by a grant from Events  Chair Massage –www.EventschairMasssage.com –  a company that offers Corporate Chair Massage and Stress Management Services to meeting planner, event planners, party planners and HR for Trade show booths throughout the United States.

 

Below is a chair massage demo that shows techniques our corporate chair massage therapists use to massage their clients’ upper back, shoulders, and neck — using elbows and forearms, with minimal use of the thumbs.

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNNSDH-0bZk

Tips for Wellness Coaches

Many of those who read the RealUGuru blog are Wellness Coaches, consultants or health professionals. From 1973 to 2007 I had a private practice as a Naturopathic Practitioner in NYC. As part of this practice I had a number of Medical Doctors working with me so that I could stay on the “right side” of the law.

As part of my work we had a well-designed system of client protocols. It seems today that many Wellness Coaches have not been taught this. Here are some ideas concerning this challenge.

 

Client Protocols

  • Functional assessment – This includes traditional laboratory tests; specialized tests that quantify hormone and neurotransmitter levels; structural and postural analysis, Chinese Pulse Reading and various mental and emotional assessments.
  • Analysis and interpretation – There are two areas of inquiry required here.
  1. A review of specific symptoms.
  2. A review of testing and assessment results.

To be most effective here a team approach is recommended. This might include physicians, energy healing practitioners, nutritionists, researchers, somatic experts, naturopaths, somatic movement specialists, bodyworkers, life coaches and mental health professionals.

  • Therapy – This would be a clinical protocol that might include specific nutritional therapy and meal planning, herbal medicine, aromatherapy, homeopathy, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Chiropractic and/or Osteopathic Manipulation, seated or on-site chair massage, Somatic Movement Re-education, emotional counseling and life coaching, Hand-on Healing (Reiki, Polarity), meditation etc.

 

The Healing Program

Every healing program consists of three phases

  1. Entry level: The goal here is to establish a client’s baseline levels and existing chemical, structural and emotional imbalances. This is followed by a therapeutic protocol from which clinical responses can be monitored.
  2. Rebalancing: Here the client is retested to monitor the initial protocol and make adjustments as needed. This needs to be done every six to nine weeks during this phase which may last from three to nine months.
  3. Maintenance: When function has been restored, symptoms alleviated and retesting indicates that chemical, structural and emotional imbalances have been corrected then annual or semi-annual testing needs to be conducted to maintain the clients state of health.

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Lewis Harrison – RealUGuru, is a writer, mentor, success and wealth coach, content-rich, motivational speaker, and an entrepreneur specializing in problem solving and strategizing  based on game thinking, applied game theory and Game Thinking.

He is the author of over twenty-two books published in five languages.

  

Don’t forget to tune to the RealUGuru Radio show every Thursday 4-6 PM EST  at WIOX 91.3 FM or on your smart device at WIOXRadio.org.

WIOX is a diverse station that broadcasts original programming including presentation from NPR, the BBC, Democracy Now etc.

If you are interested in business success in the 21st Century in the arts or in any other endeavor you need to read Lewis’ recently published business books.

You can find books on game theory and business success here:

http://www.realuguru.com/products/printed-books/building-your-business-in-the-new-digital-reality/

http://www.realuguru.com/products/printed-books/gamification-for-business/

This course and all the offerings on www.RealUGuru.com  focus on the application of applied game thinking, gamification, decision science, positive psychology, happiness,  and visionary thinking to solve basic, complex and extreme problems. He is the creator of a free course on business success and human potential.

Here is a short interview with Lewis;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp4DtXpPBeM

This stress management blog is supported by a grant from Events  Chair Massage –www.EventschairMasssage.com –  a company that offers Corporate Chair Massage and Stress Management Services to meeting planner, event planners, party planners and HR for Trade show booths throughout the United States.

 

 

Attention Management Hacks and Chair Massage

If you have been told you have ADD or ADHD do not assume this is a correct or accurate description of you. It is just a label. The fact is that you may just have a mind that moves very quickly, can multi-task and is short on attention span. Don’t stress about this

 

Just because your mind works this way doesn’t mean you have a problem. The key to all personal development is to develop skills for being more effective. With this in mind here are some suggestions for getting more focused and extending you attention span.

  1. If you are “messy” once an hour take 10 pieces of paper or items from your pile, and put them in a labeled box or a file. In 8 hour that will be 80 items. Don’t put new items on your piles of stuff. In time the piles will disappear.
  2. Put bills/appointments on a calendar and check that calendar every morning and evening.
  3. Forgive someone. It will free your mind and create new space for ideas more important than grudges and resentment.
  4. Say you’re sorry, confess to transgressions, and make amends when possible.
  5. Reduce a big project to small steps.
  6. If you have a broken appliance fix it with 30 days or throw it out.
  7. Go into your desk drawer/closet/cabinets/garage and organize the chaos 10 pieces at a time.
  8. Make “to do” lists.
  9. Meditate for 5 minutes in the morning and 5 minutes before you go to sleep at night
  10. Get a massage at least once a week. Massage can calm the mind and help empty out negative and destructive thoughts.

 

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He is the author of over twenty-two books published in five languages including

How to Hack Your Life Through Game Thinking

 

  

Don’t forget to tune to the “Life Hack Guru Radio Show every Thursday 4-6 PM EST  at WIOX 91.3 FM or on your smart device at WIOXRadio.org.

WIOX is a diverse station that broadcasts original programming including presentation from NPR, the BBC, Democracy Now etc.

If you are interested in business success in the 21st Century in the arts or in any other endeavor you need to read Lewis’ recently published business books.

You can find books on game theory, and business success here:

http://www.realuguru.com/products/printed-books/building-your-business-in-the-new-digital-reality/

http://www.realuguru.com/products/printed-books/gamification-for-business/

This course and all the offerings on www.RealUGuru.com  focus on the application of applied game thinking, gamification, decision science, positive psychology, happiness,  and visionary thinking to solve basic, complex and extreme problems. He is the creator of a free course on business success and human potential.

Here is a short interview with Lewis;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp4DtXpPBeM

Find new hacks daily the Lifehack Guru’s Blog at www.TheLifeHackGuru

If you own a company consider our stress management lifehacks.  Lewis Harrison’s company www.eventschairmassage.com offers Corporate chair massage to meeting planners, event planners, association meetings and trade shows. He also offers these stress management and onsite massage services in NYC, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Dallas, Greensboro, Columbus Ohio and many other cities across the United States through www.NoStressSpeaker.com.

 

Corporate Chair Massage and Other Part Time Careers

Some people are just not hardwired for full time, long-term employment. They like to move around, change their hours. You might even say they have a short attention span.  So what – there are lots of lucrative career opportunities for those of a more creative and at times unfocused or mildly volatile nature. Here are 11 careers I found researching the web and in an article in the AAARP Bulletin Jan – Feb 2017.

Check out this list and see what works for you. I even tell you how to get stated and what skills you will need.

Part Time Cash

  1. Tax- Return Preparer

Skills required: Need to be good with numbers and computers

Time required: Usually Jan – April

How to get started: Contact the Big firms. Some will require you to take classes they offer in the fall.

 

  1. Ride-Hailing Driver (Uber, Lyft)

Skills required: Ability to use smart-phone Apps, good driving record, clean well operating car.

Time required: Usually Jan – April

How to get started: Check the big companie’s websites

 

  1. Park Ranger and General Seasonal State Park Jobs

Skills required: Doing what needs to be done and staying out of trouble..

Time required: These jobs are usually available during the summer tourist surge.

How to get started: Go to usajobs.gov and search “national park Service’. Also checkout Aramark a company the NPS uses for many of its concessions and other facilities.

 

  1. Tax- Return Preparer

Skills required: Need to be good with numbers and computers

Time required: Usually Jan – April

How to get started: Contact the Big firms. Some will require you to take classes they offer in the fall.

 

  1. Direct Sales Person

Skills required: Believe it or not, salespeople make more money than any other profession in the world.  Al you need is a computer, internet access (The local library will have those), and a comfort level with calling strangers.  If you are very motivated, and a great networker you may want to explore multi-level or network marketing. These are legitimate companies (Not to be confused with Pyramid schemes which are illegal).

Time required: Pick your own hours and work from home.

How to get started: Check the big companies websites or contact the Direct selling Association for information.

 

  1. Dog Walker, Pet Sitter, Plant Waterer

Skills required: Good sense of time and responsibility

Time required: These jobs are available all year but the peak times are summer, spring break, and holidays.

How to get started: This is usually a word of mouth business.  Of course you can post flyers or notices at the local pet shop and check out local list servers. The website TaskRabbit connects people who need help getting jobs done. You can find clients there as well.

 

  1. Retail Cashier

Skills required: Good sense of time, numbers, and responsibility

Time required: Holidays are best but stores always need cashiers. Often the pay is minimum wage and be prepared for standing for long hours and much personal contact.

How to get started: Checkout the “Older & Bolder” section of the website “CoolWorks.com”> This focuses on older workers but you might find good leads there.

 

  1. Craftworker

Skills required: A passion for creativity and arts and crafts of some form and a skills in marketing and self -promotion.

Time required: Anytime

How to get started: Either you can work for someone doing piece work or start your own craft business. If you go out on your own you will need to know where the craft fairs and “pop-up” markets are. In addition there are many online markets where crafters sell their creations. The biggest are ArtFire, Etsy and Bonanza.

 

  1. Package Couriers and Associated Positions at Delivery Companies

Skills required: Ability to lift heavy packages. There are also jobs for mail sorters, truck drivers, and floor managers.

Time required: Varies, depending upon the job

How to get started: Check the big company’s websites including UPS, FedEx and similar companies

 

  1. Casual and Air Couriers

Skills required: A casual courier is an everyday traveler who informally delivers packages for shippers. The term describes an alternative delivery practice of sending items from one place to another via independent traveler. Casual couriers usually have existing travel plans before agreeing to deliver a package for a sender. Casual couriers may receive a fee directly from the shipper for delivering a package to its destination. The casual courier’s fee is typically significantly lower than traditional overnight delivery services.  Delivery costs can be substantially reduced by using a casual courier and for the courier, carrying a package may help to subsidize the cost of a trip.

To do this you must be being a responsible person with good time management and lifehacking skills especially if flying. You must be sure that what you are transporting is legal.

Time required: These jobs are usually available anytime 365 – 24/7

How to get started:  This is usually done through networking, agencies and even Craig’s List

 

  1. Trouble-Shooter and Problem Solver

Skills required: The ability to understand and apply Big Data, Collaborative Intelligence, Design Thinking, Pattern Language, Lifehacking, StreetSmarts and Management Science. You must have great people skills, influence or access to influence and delegate to others well.

Time required: Pick your own hours and work from home.

How to get started: This is pretty much what I do for a living. Solve a few problems that a lawyer, the police, a psychiatrist or Tony Soprano cannot solve and do it all legally and people will find you.

  1. Chair Massage Therapist

Skills required: Massage or Bodywork

Time required: Pick your own hours and work from home. You may need a massage or cosmetology license depending upon the state or country you are in.

How to get started: Find out state laws concerning massage. Contact companies offering corporate chair massage. They are throughout the U.S.A so if you travel you may be able to find jobs. The best places for this work is in NYC, Chicago and Las Vegas or any city with large convention centers.

 

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Lewis Harrison is the director of Events Chair Massage, a provider of chair massage and stress management services to meeting and wellness events planners.

He is the author of the classic massage book – “Hands-on Healing”. This book has been used as a textbook by students in massage and bodywork schools throughout the United States for over twenty-five tears

Here is a short interview with Lewis;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp4DtXpPBeM

Lewis Harrison is a best a best-selling author and a teacher of corporate chair massage. His corporate chair massage company is based in NYC. Corporate chair massage offers stress management services to meeting planners, event planners, association meetings and trade shows. He also offers these stress management and onsite massage services in NYC, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Dallas, Greensboro, Columbus Ohio and many other cities across the United States.

 

 

Joseph Campbell, Symbols and Culture

Symbols are a means of complex communication that often can have multiple levels of meaning. This separates symbols from signs, as signs have only one meaning.

Human cultures use symbols to express specific ideologies and social structures and to represent aspects of their specific culture. Thus, symbols carry meanings that depend upon one’s cultural background; in other words, the meaning of a symbol is not inherent in the symbol itself but is culturally learned.

Symbols are the basis of all human understanding and serve as vehicles of conception for all human knowledge. Symbols facilitate understanding of the world in which we live, thus serving as the grounds upon which we make judgments.In this way, people use symbols not only to make sense of the world around them, but also to identify and cooperate in society through constitutive rhetoric. For the person seeking to create a new quantum reality the ability to wisely choose certain signs over other or merging seemingly diverse, and at times even paradoxical signs can open the door to new realities.

Semiotics is the study of signs, symbols, and signification as communicative behavior. Semiotics studies focus on the relationship of the signifier and the signified, also taking into account interpretation of visual cues, body language, sound, and other contextual clues. Semiotics is important for the student exploring the creation of a quantum reality since QRs are formed through new ways of thinking, speaking and behaving and semiotics is linked with both linguistics and psychology. Semioticians thus not only study what a symbol implies, but also how it got its meaning and how it functions to make meaning in society. Symbols allow the human brain continuously to create meaning using sensory input and decode symbols through both denotation and connotation.

 

Joseph Campbell had a deep interest in the work of Carl Jung and translated many of the pioneering psychoanalyst’s writings in from German into English. It was Jung  who studying archetypes, proposed an alternative definition of symbol, distinguishing it from the term sigs. This is something also addressed by Wittgenstein and others.In Jung’s view, a sign stands for something known, as a word stands for its referent. He contrasted this with symbol, which he used to stand for something that is unknown and that cannot be made clear or precise. An example of a symbol in this sense is Christ as a symbol of the archetype called self.  For example, written languages are composed of a variety of different symbols that create words. Through these written words humans communicate with each other. The influential literary critic Kenneth Burke described Homo sapiens as a “symbol-using, symbol making, and symbol misusing animal” to suggest that a person creates symbols as well as misuses them. Burke was best known for his analyses based on the nature of knowledge and  was one of the first individuals to stray away from more traditional rhetoric and view literature as “symbolic action.”

 

One example Burke uses to indicate what he means by the misuse of symbol is the story of a man who, when told that a particular food item was whale blubber, could barely keep from throwing it up. Later, his friend discovered it was actually just a dumpling. But the man’s reaction was a direct consequence of the symbol of “blubber” representing something inedible in his mind. In addition, the symbol of “blubber” was created by the man through various kinds of learning.

Burke goes on to describe symbols as also being derived from Sigmund Freud‘s work on condensation and displacement, further stating that symbols are not just relevant to the theory of dreams but also to “normal symbol systems”. He says they are related through “substitution”, where one word, phrase, or symbol is substituted for another in order to change the meaning. In other words, if one person does not understand a certain word or phrase, another person may substitute a synonym or symbol in order to get the meaning across. However, upon learning the new way of interpreting a specific symbol, the person may change his or her already-formed ideas to incorporate the new information.

 

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This blog is from Lewis Harrison’s Book.

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Lewis Harrison is a speaker on stress management and sales and is a radio talk show host. He also owns a company that 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, Dallas, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Greensboro NC, Florida and other major meeting and conventions venues.

Truth and Game Based Thinking

 

In game based thinking and Lewis Harrison’s Applied Game Thinking (LAGT)  “truth” means constancy or sincerity in action or character. In general terms it is difficult if not impossible to specifically define truth since the word has a variety of meanings including a state of being in accord with fact or reality; fidelity to the original or to the standard or the ideal;  or as anything that is the  direct opposite of falsehood. There are various definitions of truth based on whether you are defining something logically, factually, or ethically.

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Recently we held a conference on stress management at the Catskills Bed and Breakfast – www.TheCatskillsBedandBreakfast.com -. We had speakers, training sessions and offered corporate on-site chair massage during the breaks. During the conference the question of “What is “Truth” kept arising.

 

Why is it so difficult to define “Truth”? Because we are working with language, and language and words are at best “tools” by which humans convey information to one another. At the very best the word, “truth” must have a beneficial use to be retained within language.

 

Defining what is required to make something beneficial (called potency and applicability by philosophers) can be called a “criterion”.  The method used to recognize a “truth” is called a criterion of truth. Since there is no single accepted criterion, all criteria are nothing more than “theories“.

 

Various theories and views of truth continue to be debated among scholars and philosophers. There are differing claims on such questions as what constitutes truth: what things are the  truth bearers capable of being true or false; how to define and identify truth; the roles that revealed and acquired knowledge play; and whether truth is subjective or objective, relative or absolute.

Being that there is no one definite of truth, it is not easy to ever use the word accurately or even effectively. In game based thinking it really falls under the concept of specialized language. Within LHAGT truth generally refers to the quality of “faithfulness, fidelity, loyalty, sincerity, veracity”, as well as to “an agreement of what    is a  fact or agreed upon reality“.  In most of the Germanic languages (excluding English) there is a terminological distinction between truth “fidelity” and truth “factuality”.  In the early 21st century “deflationary” or “minimalist” theories of truth have gained some popularity in academic circles. This approach to truth is based on the idea that the application of a term like “true” to a statement does not really tell us anything important about the thing that is supposedly true. At best, according to this approach, saying that something is “true” becomes a tool within a conversation used to emphasize claims, gain agreement, or to form certain types of generalizations.

 

One of my students asked me “How can anyone seriously question a scientific truth? The laws of nature are the laws of nature. 2 plus 2 is 4. A dog is a dog. It would seem that everything else is either some metaphysical notion or simply some unprovable belief?”

This very question is addressed by William James famously (1842–1910). In his work “Radical Empiricism”, James points out that clear distinctions of type and category are the constant goals of scientific reasoning. Once these distinctions are discovered, success is declared. But according to James in the world of daily experience things are organized differently involving inherent and intractable ambiguities.

Other  ideas on truth include Russell’s Paradox

Kripke’s Theory of Truth

Gödel’s First Incompleteness Theorem

The Liars’ Paradox

 

You may also wish to read my book “Spiritual, Not Religious: Sacred Tools for Modern Times”

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Lewis Harrison is a motivational speaker specializing in game based thinking and applied game theory. He is a  seminar leader, futurist, entrepreneur, NPR affiliated radio talk show (WIOXRadio.org) host, success and life coach and a best-selling author.

He is the creator of a web site – www.askLewis.com.  that focuses on the application of gamification, decision science, positive psychology, happiness,  and visionary thinking to solve basic, complex and extreme problems. He is the creator of a free course on personal growth and human potential.

Here is a short interview with Lewis;

Ask Lewis

Here is a short interview with Lewis;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp4DtXpPBeM

Lewis Harrison is a motivational speaker specializing in game based thinking and applied game theory. He is a  seminar leader, futurist, entrepreneur, NPR affiliated radio talk show (WIOXRadio.org) host, success and life coach and a best-selling author.

 

Lewis also owns a company that 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, Dallas, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Greensboro NC, Florida and other major meeting and conventions venues.

 

 

He is the creator of a web site – www.askLewis.com.  that focuses on the application of gamification, decision science, positive psychology, happiness,  and visionary thinking to solve basic, complex and extreme problems. He is the creator of a free course on personal growth and human potential.

 

 

Lewis also owns a company that 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, Dallas, 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.”

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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.

Understanding Games and Gamification in Stress Management

In understanding Game Theory and creating life strategy it is important to understand that all personal development and human potential is based on the time of game you choose to play in life. If stress management seems to be your issue there are many approaches that can be ta meditationken including laughter yoga, meditation and even hypnosis. No matter what approach you choose it should be place in the contect of a life game

A game is a systematized activity, often for fun or entertainment, in which an individual, or groups of individuals, must strategize, i.e. make decisions that will lead to a desirable outcome.  You can see from this definition that one can play a game alone.  For instance, the card game Solitaire only requires one person.  An individual could play basketball, or any number of games, alone and simply compete against him or herself. Of course much of life requires that we interact with others, so this naturally leads to games that require more than one person. Many, though not all, of these games require that someone wins and someone loses.  In these games, another person (or more than one other person) can affect the outcome of the choices you make. This type of game is called a competitive game.

Most of us have been playing games since were little children and used the word “game” freely. However, if one were asked, “What is the exact definition of the word ‘game’?” most of us could not answer. Since the foundation of life games is built on definitions, defining exactly what a game is might be a good place to begin.

In order to play effectively in a game, the players need to have strategies and plans for action.  Just as the rules need to have consistency, each player of the game is likely to adopt a strategy that he or she thinks is most effective and is unlikely to radically change.  The ability of a player to create an effective, consistent strategy will be defined, in part, by his or her understanding of the rules and of the perceived strategies of the rival or opponent.

For a game to be effective, the strategies of the players must remain minimally consistent.  If there are radical changes in a game there is a great chance the game will collapse.

For example, in baseball a pitcher is expected to throw a pitch that the batter is not expecting.  However, it would be too radical a change, and an unacceptable change, for the pitcher to go on the pitcher’s mound and throw a beer bottle or a paper airplane at the batter.

 

A Game is Visually the Same as a Smartphone App

Many people, even the highly educated may hear the term “Game Theory” a freeze up. They fear that these are all extremely complex ideas that require an in depth understanding of mathematics and specifically statistics. Nothing could be further from the truth. Think of LHAGT as you would of a Smartphone: on the screen of the smart phone are Apps. Now an App is not the same as a game, although they may initially appear so when seen as an icon on a Smartphone, or even on a computer screen. However, a game requires strategies related to what other players may do or to changes in an environment, while most Apps are usually formal, rigid and structured. Think of a calendar App on your Smartphone, as an example. Still, when you look at a Smartphone screen and see those little icon boxes, it is easier to visualize the concept of the relationship between Apps and games. Imagine instead of Apps for weather or the Internet, you were looking at a family App, a job App, a religion App, a gender App, or a sexual orientation App.

An actual video game on a Smartphone can usually be accessed by clicking on a games App. This App is not the various games; it just stores and processes them. Thus, a game is a sub-category of an App.  An example of a rigid App might be called, “Legally Imposed Responsibilities in a Family.” Imagine an icon representing this on a Smartphone. Now, when you click on this App, various family games might appear.  In a family game for instance, there may be parents, children, grandparents, neighbors, relatives, daycare, pre-school, home school, visits to the doctor, etc., all of which require various strategies tied to priority planning, time management, etc.

 

Lewis Harrison is a poet, author, teacher, speaker and life coach. He is the creator of www.AskLewis.com. He specializes in helping individuals and organizations solve basic and seemingly unsolvable problems through the application of principles and ideas drawn from Decision Science, Positive Psychology, Game Theory, Zen, many of the great thinkers and from his personal life experiences.

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