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A Logic of Positive and Negative Competition | OnlySubs with James Lindsay, Ep.

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New Discourses Logo  fiber_manual_record  Dec 14th, 2022


Competition has two forms: positive and negative. In positive competition, competitors try to improve themselves to win. In negative competition, they try to cut down their opponents instead of bettering themselves. Only the first produces a positive-sum game in which all ships rise with the tide, so it's the type we should want to encourage. The thing is, as a company grows, incentives to engage in positive competition diminish while incentives to engage in negative competition increase. In this episode of James Lindsay OnlySubs, my subscribers-only podcast, I explore this idea a little. I hope you'll join me and give it some thought.


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