One cannot play chess if one becomes aware of the pieces as living souls and of the fact that the Whites and the Blacks have more in common with each other than with the players. Suddenly one loses all interest in who will be champion.
Anatol Rapoport (born May 22, 1911) is a Russian-born American Jewish, mathematical psychologist. He is one of the founders of the General systems theory. He also contributed to Mathematical biology and to the mathematical modeling of Social interaction and Stochastic models of contagion. He combined his mathematical expertise with psychological insights to the study of Game theory and semantics. Rapoport extended these understandings into studies of psychological conflict, dealing with nuclear disarmament and international politics.