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Introduction: Three Modes of Conflict     I

Part I: The Blindness of the Mass

Chapter I: A Theoretical Arms Race     15
Chapter II: A Real Arms Race     31
Chapter III: Psychological Epidemics     47
Chapter IV: Co-operation and Exploitation     60
Chapter V: Critique of Social Physics     85 

Part II: The Logic of Strategy

Chapter VI: Game Theory and Its Forerunner, Gambling Theory     107
Chapter VII: Enter the Foe     130
Chapter VIII: The Meaning of Strategy     140
Chapter IX: The Strategy Mixture     151
Chapter X: What If the Opponent Is Both Friend and Foe?     166
Chapter XI: Games with Collusion     180
Chapter XII: Coalitions     195
Chapter XIII: Experiments in Strategic Conflict     213
Chapter XIV: Critiques of Game Theory     226

Part III: The Ethics of Debate

An Apology     245
Chapter XV: To Learn Is To Select; To See Is To Select     248
Chapter XVI: The Blindness of Involvement     259
Chapter XVII: Ways of Persuasion     273
Chapter XVIII: The Assurance of Understanding     289
Chapter XIX: The Region of Validity     292
Chapter XX: The Assumption of Similarity     306

The Debate

The Case for Collectivism     313
The Case for Individualism     335

Concluding Remarks     359
Notes     361
References     381
Index     390


A scientifically grounded method by which we can understand human conflict in all its forms