[FoRK] Alan Kay Interview

Stephen Williams sdw at lig.net
Sat Nov 17 22:28:23 PST 2012

On 11/17/12 9:53 AM, Bill Kearney wrote:
>> but even some of those get tainted by mindless notions of "competition."
> Please, let's be real.  *EVERYTHING* is a competition.  From the smallest of microorganisms on up.
> Having a civil society hangs on the balancing of tempering the levels of competition in ways that try to avoid going over the 
> brink.  Anyone that thinks otherwise is either hopelessly naïve or trying to convince others to be... to gain the upper hand 
> for themselves.  Been like that forever and will no doubt remain so. 

Of course.  But perhaps some people have baggage or bias attached to the term "competition" rather than rank, elect, select, 
choose, outlast, perfect, concentrate, favor, bid, bet / wager, distribute, test, etc. that are all related to aspects and modes 
of the same concepts.

"Competition", in the most common usage, implies agency, some entity striving for something, often for perceived personal benefit.
Perhaps failure to see this as an optimization problem potentially benefiting more than the competitor or with cynicism that 
participants in a system could be enlightened enough to compete while adhering to a code that avoids most negative affects is 
the problem here.


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