Steve on Mac
There’s a scene in the movie A Beautiful Mind, when the John Nash character explains the best way for he and his colleagues to get laid.
A blonde walks into the bar with a group of brunette friends. Nash’s colleagues start ogling her and making stupid comments.
Have you remembered nothing?
Recall the lessons of Adam Smith,
father of modern economics.
In competition, individual ambition
serves the common good.
Every man for himself gentleman.
Those who strike out
are stuck with her friends.
Nash stares at the blonde and Hollywood jumps in with voiceovers and special effects as Nash makes a breakthrough and starts monologuing.
Adam Smith needs revision.
If we all go for the blonde . . .
We block each other.
Not a single one of us is going to get her.
So then we go for her friends,
but they will all give us the cold
shoulder, because nobody likes to be
What if none of us go for the blonde?
We don’t get in each other’s way
and we don’t insult the other girls.
That’s the only way we win. That’s
the only way we all get laid.
Adam Smith said the best result
comes from everyone in the group
doing what’s best for himself.
Incomplete . . . Incomplete . . .
The best result will come from
everyone in the group doing what’s
best for himself and the group.
However, this only applies to Nash’s colleagues. There are four of them and four brunettes. If their goal is to get laid they can’t help other men in the bar, because they’d lower the odds, with a greater man to woman ratio (all off this living under the assumption that the women even give a crap about men whose maturity levels are as low as their IQ’s are high).
We see this outside the bar, too. There are certain circles in which I often see the same authors endorse each other. By supporting each other’s work, the idea is that they help grow the success of each individual and the group.
Yes and no.