Game Theory

by tabithapang

Open Yale Courses.

I’ve heard about this before – the chance to listen to and watch lectures from prestigious universities – but I never made the time to do it. Until today. What took me so long? It’s so awesome. I love the idea of it. It’s free, it isn’t tied to any degree, and the reason for doing it isn’t based on what you should do or what you need to know, it is based entirely on what you want to know. It’s learning for nothing but the sake of learning.

I am, a nerd.

I think I perused the departments in this order – Philosophy, History of Art, English, and then African American studies. Listened in on a few minutes of lectures here and there, but couldn’t find anything I loved until I found … Economics 159. Who knew? But I was fascinated and I listened rapt with attention apparently, for over an hour. On a summer afternoon.

Aside from Game Theory, Ben Polak reminded me of what good teaching looks like. Surprisingly, with two to three hundred students and with a piece of chalk and a blackboard, he did not simply lecture, but he also kept everyone engaged – and that included me, who knows very little about Economics.

This, is what I learned today. Enjoy =)

Lesson 1: Do not play a strictly dominated strategy.
Lesson 2: Rational choices can lead to outcomes that suck.
Lesson 3: You can’t get what you want, until you know what you want.
Lesson 4: Put yourself in others shoes and try to figure out what they will do.
Lesson 5: Yale students are evil.