In one of the visions, Louise's daughter asks her the definitive word to describe a win-win situation. What was the answer Louise told her daughter?


The phrase provided was "non-zero-sum game".

A zero-sum game is when one "player" gains something at the expense of another "player" losing something. As such, a non-zero-sum game is when gains and losses can be made by all "players" without it affecting anyone else.

As such, this can be a "win-win" situation, where both "players" can gain something without anyone losing something.

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    It seems a better choice would have been "mutually beneficial" as I was also confused by their use of this negated term. – RenaissanceProgrammer Dec 28 '16 at 6:30
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    @RenaissanceProgrammer .... except that zero-sum game and non-zero-sum game are technical terms in the area of game theory - a branch of mathematics – iandotkelly Jan 13 '17 at 3:48
  • @RenaissanceProgrammer her daughter demanded the science word for it. – Ankit Sharma Feb 23 '17 at 19:01
  • Dr R Dizzle may or may not be just guessing, but he is unequivocally correct, as substantiated by the original Ted Chiang novella, "Story of Your Life" (pg 209 in the e-book collection, "Stories of Your Life and Others"). I believe the term for "definitively settled by the Author" in such contexts is "Word of God"? This is thus Word of God for this question. – Smartalek Mar 1 '18 at 23:21

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