Thursday, September 18, 2008

Thantos or Chess Urge?

After Aristotle, came Plato, and in the mysterious groves of Ancient Greece before them, the Pre-Socratics. Much latter, in a carbon based world, nano-technology followed the semi-conductor and biotech revolutions, and excess food allowed the division of labor to elaborate detailed gaming structures and heuristical methodolgies, and chess cannot be excluded in the deepest urge to escape persistent thantic urges, or thoughts of ultimate mortality. Such an anger [1]!:



[1] If any of you find him at all amusing, here is another one that definitely portrays something!

6 Comments:

OpenID chesstiger said...

I never had such feelings of anger when losing a game of chess, against machine or human. However i had multiple feelings of anger when 'it didn't do what i wanted' when playing games on my 'now rest in peace' atari gameconsole.

Thu Sep 18, 05:31:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Hiddenleaf said...

Interesting post, as always.

However, the first part of the first sentence ("After Aristotle, came Plato, ") is not correct.

The chronological order is:
- Pre-Socratics
- Socrates
- Plato
- Aristotle

I'm enjoying your frequent posts,

Hiddenleaf.

Thu Sep 18, 06:42:00 AM PDT  
Blogger chessloser said...

sounds like me when i lose, which is more often than not

Thu Sep 18, 07:33:00 AM PDT  
Blogger transformation said...

sorry guys for repeated republications... this comment, just waking up:
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@chessTiger. thank you. i didnt post this in any identification or comment about anger ABOUT LOSSING, but more about mental imbalance and the addiction that comes in modern life. i dont mean imbalance for some minority, but most of us. i laughted for a long time when i watched this.

i also loved this video for the way it showed that first moment: "When i had my first line of cocaine, i felt invincible" or "i can recall my first glass of beer, and the oceanic feeling"

or "i remember when i came back to chess in 2001, and my life was changed forever!" (me).

quite a mistress, to get serious about chess!

@hiddenleaf: thank you. believe me, if i know WHO the presocratics are, i know the order, and simply wanted it that way. i have diogenes on my shelf, not far from here... but seriously, appreciate your notation, but this was just stream of consciousness...

i reread this, and it sounds correct to me, but the grammer needs a fix, and i will do it right now!

dk

Thu Sep 18, 11:53:00 AM PDT  
Blogger likesforests said...

I don't see studying chess as a way to escape thinking about our mortality. If anything, it's the opposite. No matter how little chess matters in the grand scheme of life, it's something, and sometimes what we create on the board is very special. And that's the opposite of wasting away your life doing nothing and deluding oneself into believing there will always be another day. Socrates says, "An unexamined life is not worth living", and chess players examine their lives more than most. Not that it completely saves us from repeating our mistakes, on or off the board. ;)

Thu Sep 18, 12:40:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Hiddenleaf said...

dk,

I haven't had a moment's doubt that you would know the correct order. I figured from thoughts to letters something went wrong.

That you ment it this way didn't cross my mind this time. Anyway I won't hurt the uninitiated to see the chronological order as well.

I can become quiet frustrated when I don't see a simple threat, mate, win, loss, tactic, but let's just say I deal with it differently than in that movie.

The one who said he knew nothing was told by the Pythia that he was the wisest among man.

So in chess, don't know anything! If you're opponent wants you to believe his combination, sacrifice, threat is correct, don't believe his word for it. Dare to doubt!

Thu Sep 18, 02:17:00 PM PDT  

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