Re: Zero Sum?

Ian Goddard (
Tue, 29 Sep 1998 13:36:20 -0400

John Clark ( asked:

>I write a computer program that increases the efficiency
>of a company and lowers it's expenses by by 20$. I sell
>it to the company for 10$. Where is the zero sum?

IAN: The zero-sum exists in total, if expenses were 5 (just as a random example) and then they became 2, they were 3 more and now are 3 less, that's 3 + (-3) = 0 difference over all time.

If the expense of running A (something) is 5 more than the expense of running B (nothing), then the expense of B is 5 less than running A, which means we have 5 + (-5) = 0 total experience.

Zero expense exists, since the entire universe (sum total of all space-time) expends (losses) nothing. Yes, heat is lost, but ONLY by subsets of All. All is always the same as it- self, and thus the expense of All = 0.

That is why everything is a zero-sum game. Is this not logical? If not, then how so?

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