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aspects of competition by Mind Map: aspects of
competition
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aspects of competition

logical definitions

"2 or more parties striving for a goal which cannot be shared"

2+ parties

1 goal

ownership by 1 party, (zero sum)

winner

party attaining goal

loser(s)

part(ies) not attaining goal

fitness

ability to reach goal

cultural aspects

obtain sole use/ownership of a resource

obtain ranking

at specific event & time

cultural examples

sport

business

war

how to win

be lucky

be fitter than other parties

increase your fitness

decrease others' fitness

positive 'competition'

increase your/others' fitness

"be the best we can be"

non-zero-sum game

'leapfrogging' style rivalry

'good sport'

egoless

spread information

cooperative

"maximise overall outcome"

"whoever wins, let's rematch"

iterative (many zero-sums leads to non-zero sum)

not necessarily 'competitive' at all

negative competion

decrease others' fitness

"be able to win"

zero-sum game

'domination' style rivalry

'bad sport'

ego

hide information

antagonistic

"maximise outcome for myself"

"I won, you lost, no rematch required"

non-iterative (final) (zero-sum overall)

necessarily 'competitive'

conclusion

overall, life is not necessarily a zero-sum game

but zero-sum games can sometimes be a useful part of development

competition should not be the final metaphor for life, only an optional part of it