Chapter 15

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When I was a kid, just entering my teens, I was at my aunt and uncle's house. They broke out a board game called The Game Of Life. It was the usual thing, you moved pieces around the board and whoever got to the end first won, or something.

One of the first options was to Go To College or not. Everybody else went to college but I didn't. I just wanted to see what margin the game designers thought a college education would represent.

Of course I lost, and everyone said "You should have gone to college!". I tried to explain, in my kid way, that I wanted to see what happened, but their response was, "You lost, that's what happened". At that time, I didn't have the context to explain that I was fascinated by the game design process and the weights that the designers assigned. How many points did they assign to college? Was it a realistic number on which to base a real life decision?

To this day I don't care about winning or losing. I mean, who cares? Isn't it much more fascinating to see how things and people operate?