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August 16th, 2009
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DeWitt on the Untranslatability of Games

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From:Daniel [oeconomist.com]
Date:August 17th, 2009 07:55 am (UTC)
Well, as an economist, I'm naturally inclined to model what Ms De Witt calls social practices as games. And these are often far more challenging games for which to develop strategies and tactics, which difficulty ought to inform our notions of where strategies are more or less developed.

In fact, bridge is a game that does require translation. Ms De Witt accurately refers to bidding systems, and a player thoroughly familiar with one system but unfamiliar with another may be an ineffectual player when teamed with a player of reversed familiarity.

Also, my girlfriend (the avid bridge player in our life partnership) informs me that a man was once shot repeatedly by his wife for bidding badly (and she even managed to avoid a criminal conviction).
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