The essays from prominent public intellectuals collected in this volume reflect an array of perspectives on the spectrum of conflict, competition, and cooperation, as well as a wealth of expertise on how games manifest in the world, how they operate, and how social animals behave inside them. They include previously unpublished material by former Cabinet minister Sayeeda Warsi, the philosopher A. C. Grayling, legal scholar Nicola Padfield, cycling coach David Brailsford, former military intelligence officer Frank Ledwidge, neuro-psychologist Barbara J. Sahakian, zoological ecologist Nicholas B. Davies, and the final work of the late Nobel laureate Thomas C. Schelling. This is a must-read for anyone interested in the history, nature, and dynamics of games.
A multi-lens perspective allows readers to appreciate the ubiquity and sophistication of games in all aspects of life, e.g. politics, law, sports, war, and nature
Authors from varied disciplines provide an engaging and relevant view of the subject
Contains topical, accessible examples of the part games play in our world
David Blagden is Lecturer in International Security and Strategy at the University of Exeter and was previously the Adrian Research Fellow in International Politics at Darwin College, Cambridge. He is widely published in the scholarly and popular press, has served as a witness for several Parliamentary inquiries, and consults for numerous policy organisations. Dr Blagden has also won the Royal United Service Institute's Trench Gascoigne Prize for original writing on defence and security.
Mark de Rond is Professor of Organisational Ethnography at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge. A recurring feature in his work is the experience of being human in high-performing environments. His research has been widely reported in the press. His most recent fieldwork involved a world-first attempt to scull the navigable length of the River Amazon unsupported.
Introduction David Blagden and Mark de Rond
1. Personal principles in the political game Sayeeda Warsi
2. The game of crime and punishment Nicola Padfield
3. Wittgenstein's games A. C. Grayling
4. Games in sports David Brailsford
5. Losing the 'new great game' Frank Ledwidge
6. Games for the brain Barbara J. Sahakian, Camilla d'Angelo and George Savulich
7. Games animals play Nicholas B. Davies
Afterword. The game theory of conflict: the prisoners' dilemma – an unsympathetic critique Thomas C. Schelling.