On Balance, the Machiavellian perspective, and Choiceless Observation.

1 min readJun 25, 2022


Nash describes and references something he calls the “Machiavellian perspective”. It is an important frame of reference that contrasts with a far more limited one. At some point in this direction there is what Nash refers to as the ‘Olympian view’ and beyond that what I refer to as the Nashian orientation.

Today the world divides itself in view points and wages conflict on itself in order to win the right to truth and blame.

The Machiavellian perspective runs in contrast to a belief and culture that is against putting oneself in one’s adversary’s shoes or viewpoint (to steel-man at the least).

Steelmanning is the act of taking a view, or opinion, or argument and constructing the strongest possible version of it. It is the opposite of strawmanning.https://www.lesswrong.com/tag/steelmanning

However, truth and wisdom can only be found with such practice of balance.