The positively Abrahamic game of Chess

[ by Charles Cameron — interfaith rivalry on the checkered board ] . Many of you will be familiar with the Christian and Muslim playing chess in this illustration from El Libro de los Juegos or Book of Games of Alfonso X of Castile: "Book of games" by Alfonso X "The Wise".King of Castile and […] Read more »

Putin, Hezbollah on the Brit right, Pokémon Go at the Yasukuni

[ by Charles Cameron — a couple of discordant notes on goings on ] . This tweet from Casey Michel showing contemporary American fans of Sir Oswald Mosley — My look at growing ties between US hard-right extremists and Kremlin-linked organizations: — Casey Michel (@cjcmichel) July 17, 2016 — looked interesting, so I […] Read more »

Istigkeit, approximately

[ by Charles Cameron — classification, impropriety, and a concept pretty much unique to Meister Eckhart ] . First, here’s what I call a DoubleTweet, juxtaposing two tweets for the resonance between them — and juxtaposing two thoughts for the resonance between them is about as simple a way of demonstrating the whole being greater […] Read more »

Conkers (the game) and Deep Learning

[ by Charles Cameron — offered to 3QD ] . This is my second submission attempting (and failing) to become a regular contributor at the fine web-aggregator known as 3QD — you can read my first here. On rereading this more recent attempt, I am not sure I would have selected it myself had I […] Read more »

Go googled, GBG still to go: 1

[ by Charles Cameron — games, games, games — & prepping a challenge for AI, the analytic community & CNA ] . Playing go, Hasegawa, Settei, 1819-1882, Library of Congress ** In the past, computers have won such games as Pong and Space Invaders: Google’s AI system, known as AlphaGo, was developed at DeepMind, the […] Read more »

Terror Is Glamour as War is Game

[ by Charles Cameron — on the necessary simultaneity of temporal and eternal perspectives ] . ** First as to glamour -– it may help to reflect that glamour, our word, comes not from Vogue but from the same origins as grammar (referring to languages) and grimoire (a book of spells, spelling also being a […] Read more »

Juxtaposition: chess in Wahhabism and Buddhism

[ by Charles Cameron — on the focus of similarity — sameness or differences? ] . As I said recently, juxtaposition does not imply eqivalence. It is only too easy these days to see a headline like Chess is ‘haram and a waste of time,’ says grand mufti of Saudi Arabia and view it purely […] Read more »


[ by Charles Cameron — on juxtaposition as a force-multiplier in the war of ideas ] . Two potent examples of what I term DoubleQuotes in the Wild: ‘Call of Jihad’: ISIS Turns to Video Games, Hollywood to Reach Recruits — Defense One (@DefenseOne) December 25, 2015 DefenseOne‘s ‘Call of Jihad’: ISIS Turns […] Read more »

War, Games and morale

[ by Charles Cameron — on gaming “living and moral forces” — with a whiff or two of Montaigne ] . ** Let’s start with Clausewitz, On War. He says — and we’d be wise to pay attention — “most of the matters dealt with in this book are composed of equal parts of physical […] Read more »

Two ways a resemblance can be unwelcome

[ by Charles Cameron — NSFW, I repeat, NSFW , maybe ] . You can be photoshopped from Canada to France, Sikh to Muslim, &c — That’s an iPad, not a Quran, and the Dastar (turban) is worn by Sikhs. — Grasswire Fact Check (@grasswirefacts) November 14, 2015 The fake (on the left), photoshopped […] Read more »