From: Nate Nossal
Hello Doctor Korn,
In the course of my research, I had the good fortune of coming across
your webpage Responsible Thinking.
I was skeptical at first, judging from the title. Hahaahhhahhh--
I am an American-born doctoral student researching games in
Japan. My personal interest is in hockey, but I am working on
theoretical games and general game information theory. I was just
looking for some general information on zero-sum games for my
entertainment and self interest when I saw a page from your site.
So, how are you doing on the site? Are you still working on
it? It looks like it might be one of those projects...!
Anyway, I just wanted to tell you I am a BIG fan of yours now, and I
would like to encourage you for whatever you may be doing. Please
take heart, keep up the hard work, and feel free to drop me a line here
Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
It's great to hear from you!
I think you have a good understanding of my problem. Clearly
haven't been adding much to the site for a while. I doubt many
people find it
unless they stumble on it looking for something else, and so it's hard
to get motivated to add material if few people are paying
Apparently search engines look for lot of links to give a high ranking,
and I hate
trying to promote my stuff to others on the web. Your
encouragement is very helpful, however! It's a lot easier to work
on this when you know
some people are interested!
I took a course in game theory in college which I enjoyed a lot.
It seems like it would be hard to apply to hockey where the situation is very
fluid, but would be good for football and baseball where there are lots of
break points with well-defined properties. I'm a big fan of video games
and board games, which make it all the harder to spend time writing.
Please let me know if there are areas on the Responsible Thinking site
that you'd like to see expanded or improved. Feedback is a great
Thanks for writing!
Likewise, I am delighted to have heard back from you.
I stumbled on your website because of the section on zero-sum games,
but it was actually your mission statement of sorts, the essay on
responsible thinking that got my attention. Everything you say is
DEAD ON!! It doesn't matter what specialty, nook or cranny of the
internet, medicine, administrative canonical historical legalities (you
get it) one is working on--there is a serious lack of meaning,
understanding, and in other words critical thinking in people's work,
and lives. It's really bad in the States, I think. The
culture is as oppressive as it is toxic and stressful, full of people
telling each other how to think... but I digress. I really
respond to what you wrote, because it is exactly the same things my
professor Dr. Kawanishi, myself, and the more enlightened and
philosophical of my colleagues and friends RAIL about to our students
and each other.
It is fitting that you have worked in AI, like my professor Dr. Iida,
the boss of my laboratory. You correctly addressed my demon of
2014--trying to apply discrete mathematical measures in a continuous
game situation with many human factors. We are taking a greatly
simplified approach. Dr. Iida was involved with many of the Deep
Blue people, and the formation of the ICGA. He has done a lot of
work on discrete, mostly board games like chess and shogi (Japanese
chess). Recreational games might be considered at one of the furthest
extremes of meaninglessness, contrivance, and human dillydallying, just
left of socratic philosophy...
I was actually trying to answer your question about what part of the
site should be expanded or improved, but seem to have taken myself on
another digression. I don't see any need as being greater or less
than another. I want you to do more of everything. I see
nowhere that improvements are necessary, and I would like ALL of it to
be expanded, and your book put together and published for millions to
read, or your website to get 2 Billion hits. Your website's not
the problem--It's just that people are more interested in venal
things. Venal things aren't all bad--I just mean, to the
exclusion of many important ideas and questions WHY, Americans and
other "proletarian elite" of the world are lost in consumerist
materialism, and enslaved to their "entertainment" brainwashing
systems. I don't know how that can be helped, Bob. People
seem to like it this way for now.
Peace be with you!
-Nate in Japan
Your encouragement has been very helpful. I think it will get me
moving for at least a while and I should be able to add some useful
had suggested an "executive summary" to get readers off to a quick
start, so that should be my next item.
I'm happy to hear you're promoting responsible thinking in Japan.
It would be great if this could catch on!
Good luck in all your work!