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The Basilisk in Speculative Fiction

“A number of Langford’s stories are set in a future containing images, colloquially called ‘basilisks,’ which crash the human mind by triggering thoughts that the mind is physically or logically incapable of thinking.”—Wikipedia


"Nomic is a game created in 1982 by philosopher Peter Suber in which the rules of the game include mechanisms for the players to change those rules, usually beginning through a system of democratic voting." —Wikipedia

"Usually... democratic" only in a kind and rational universe.  In one where players can bend time and raise the dead, rule changing can be unilateral.

Gaming the system

“Gaming the system can be defined as using the rules and procedures meant to protect a system in order, instead, to manipulate the system for a desired outcome.” —Wikipedia