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Finite and Infinite Games A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility An extraordinary book that will dramatically change the way you experience life Finite games are the familiar contests of everyday life the games we play in business and politics in the bedroom and

  • Title: Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility
  • Author: James P. Carse
  • ISBN: 9780345341846
  • Page: 428
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility By James P. Carse, An extraordinary book that will dramatically change the way you experience life.Finite games are the familiar contests of everyday life, the games we play in business and politics, in the bedroom and on the battlefied games with winners and losers, a beginning and an end Infinite games are mysterious and ultimately rewarding They are unscripted and unpredAn extraordinary book that will dramatically change the way you experience life.Finite games are the familiar contests of everyday life, the games we play in business and politics, in the bedroom and on the battlefied games with winners and losers, a beginning and an end Infinite games are mysterious and ultimately rewarding They are unscripted and unpredictable they are the source of true freedom.In this elegant and compelling work, James Carse explores what these games mean, and what they can mean to you He offers stunning new insights into the nature of property and power, of culture and community, of sexuality and self discovery, opening the door to a world of infinite delight and possibility An extraordinary little book a wise and intimate companion, an elegant reminder of the real Brain Mind Bulletin

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    1. amazing amazing one of those books that doesn t really teach you anything, but page after page you want to shout, yes , that s what i ve always known, but i never had the words hard to summarize, because it covers such a wide range, but the basic distinction is drawn between seeing life as a series of finite games and seeing existence as a single infinite game finite players play their finite games with the goal of winning , which of course means that their goal is to actually BRING THE GAME TO [...]

    2. There are at least two kinds of games One could be called finite, the other infinite A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play This is the opening statement of Carse s book It introduces an intriguing concept of infinite game and gives us a new way to see things people do in this world Unfortunately this is also the book s climax The charm wear off quickly.Carse went on to categorize many different things into finite or infinite g [...]

    3. I bought this book in 1986 and tried to read it, but without much success It lay on a bookshelf for fifteen years until one sleepless night when I picked it up and thought to try again I swallowed it whole that night and have come back again and again with excitement and expectation.There is a group of Christian businessmen who distribute copies of the New Testament at the entrance to the student union where I teach Carse s book is the one I would choose to purchase in bulk and hand to everyone [...]

    4. This is a litmus test kind of a book It appeals only to a certain kind of a person me and others like me who are strongly intellectual in orientation If you are stopped in your tracks by a sentence which asserts that your parents may have wanted a child, but they could not possibly have wanted you, then this book belongs on your list.The author advances his premises by presenting pairs of opposites, but not the empty abstract opposites of logic A and Not A , but opposites that depend upon insigh [...]

    5. I grant this book five stars for the brilliance of its core idea The distinction between finite games and an infinite game is heuristically so powerful that once one has grasped it, it is almost impossible to put it out of one s mind I feel that the tension between these two basic dispositions traverses my whole personal biography My deepest desire has always been to participate in an infinite game not playing to win but to keep the game going and draw ever people in I believe that in some area [...]

    6. 1.5 Found it vapidSo at least one reviewer said you needed to be intellectual enough to really get this book Well, I guess I m unintellectual cause I really didn t It was a sequence of unconnected quotable paragraphs usually of the form 1 Something sounding like a topic sentence that might be interesting and you expect explication justification to follow2 It doesn t.3 A tidy little wrap up sentence of the form It s not that A Bs the C rather C Bs the A e.g we not only operate with each other lik [...]

    7. Play has saddled up alongside innovation , social entrepreneurship , and network as a buzzword for the early 21st century Written decades before, however, Carse s book is a unique and fascinating attempt to adopt the game as a framework for all of human behavior.The essential dichotomy is between those who play finite games for results, prizes, and recognition and those who play infinite games for the sheer joy and challenge.I read this on a plane ride over the Pacific and loved the first sectio [...]

    8. Finite Games and Infinite Games A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility by James P Carse was definitely an exciting read for me, and if you consider yourself a thinker, you ll love this book too It takes philosophy to another level you re not used to, thinking of ideas you re not used to in your PHI classes in college The whole idea of seeing everything as either a finite or infinite game in life brings a new understanding to relationships, too an understanding that might actually HELP you nurt [...]

    9. If you enjoy continental philosophers, you may enjoy this I generally do not, and so generally did not.The author, a professor of religion, frequently introduces strange new definitions of already common terms society and culture, strength and power, titles and names, life and death these and many are used to mean things they do not, and then other terms are defined against the new usage, and rules laws claims asserted in this new language For example Poets cannot kill they die Metaphysics cann [...]

    10. REVOLUTION AS AN INFINITE GAME Some thoughts on Carse s Finite and Infinite Games Although James P Carse did not write his book as revolutionary theory far from it , the ideas he puts forth provide useful tools for conceiving what an anarchist revolution might be In particular, his ideas point to why an anarchist revolution, or for that matter, any true revolution, cannot be a finite game, i.e why it cannot operate within the logic of work The logic of work is the logic of winners and losers, of [...]

    11. Finite and Infinte Games is simply one of the most important books I have ever read Until I found this book in a thrift store I had never heard of the author It was one of the happiest discoveries of my life Carse has invented a completely intact and utterly elegant system for determining which people are adding selfish chaos to the world and those who create harmony and order I consider this work to be a gift, I have read it than any other book I have ever encountered, I keep finding and in [...]

    12. Continually pushing my personal horizons, Carse reminds me of what I often choose to forget that everything of importance is rooted in personal choice, and that choice and joy are inseparably connected.It is daunting to write a review of a book that almost causally overturns much of the conventional view of society and its attendant honors Yet that very self consciousness is a reminder that genuine communication is only achieved through vulnerability A kind of of wild freedom, impossible to capt [...]

    13. The themes of this book are not without their wisdom but rarely have these wisdoms been presented so poorly and so uninvitingly Mindless sentence by sentence inversions do not recreate the Hegelian style of sophistry he is clearly trying to mimic, and endless quoting of better minds and texts only reinforces the weakness of this one Skip this for the real stuff

    14. This book is about Carse s personal philosophy, told in a uniquely striking way This little gem of a book is an easy read, but very deep Carse does not try to convince the reader of his philosophy He simply presents it, and lets the reader sort it out Carse seems to take pleasure in taking an issue and standing it upside down As a result, reading this book really provokes you think about life Life is an infinite game that provides no rules or boundaries There are no winners or losers Only finite [...]

    15. I think this is one of those books that I will read with profit every couple of years This book, along with James Carse s, The Religious Case Against Belief, The Inner Game of Tennis W Timothy Gallwey and True and False, by David Mamet are among my favorites in making me think about how to think.

    16. A little known gem of a book Forces you to engage an out of the box way of thinking, possibly leading to a whole new way understanding life One of my all time favourites

    17. A masterpiece of thought One of those rare books that expands our perceptions I like to visualize this philosophy as than just thinking outside the box This philosophy is examining, analyzing and acknowledging the box, then thinking outside the box , and then realizing that even though you have stepped out of the box, you are still in another box, albeit a bigger expanded box which still contains you and your subjective perception, as well as the box you were previously in One seems to get the [...]

    18. Carse is a whore for needless semantic paradox The first 20 pages are an interesting description of a rather artificial and naive world view of life as a set of games some which must end and some which must forever continue The remainder of the book is a tedious exposition of examples wherein Carse blithely redefines words to force various concepts into his dualistic model.

    19. A unique enlightening, elegant and fun book to read, placing all of human behavior and even that of the Universe into a simple, yet all encompassing logical formula, without resorting to divinity or leaps of faith An amazing accomplishment.

    20. If you are going to read only a few books on Game Theory, this is one of them Some people don t like Carse s writing style but I love it.

    21. I found the ideas in Carse s book ultimately thought provoking in the best kind of way In this book Carse present the idea of two types of games finite and infinite They have different characteristics such as in a finite game you assume a role, there are rules about the game that can t change during the game, and the game can be won or lost, and there s an audience.In infinite games rules can and probably do change, you can t win, you can only bring people into the game to make sure that the ga [...]

    22. Five stars implies that I agree with everything in this book, which is not how I use stars This book is delightful, truly.I live in a community that loves its aphorisms Chesterton and Wodehouse, everybody holding forth the latest mots like Garrison Keillor on Four Loko.I ve grown to appreciate them, as well as be wary of their reductive potential I m also convinced that the value of aphorisms has little to do with the aphorism itself, or whether it s being employed by a good or bad actor, but wh [...]

    23. The last book that fundamentally affected my way of thinking was Antifragile It altered my perspective on ownership, planning, and in general, the approach to various events and things It remains a favourite But this book took my thinking to a different plane altogether, and has probably altered it irrevocably Credit goes to James P Carse for at least two things one for the thinking that clarified everything around us to this level of simplicity , and two, for explaining it in a manner that make [...]

    24. I started this book expecting a popular treatment of game theory I was in for a surprise Contrary to what the title might lead you to believe, Finite and Infinite Games is essentially an extremely dense religious philosophical text The insights per paragraph rate is insane.Carse a religion prof at NYU tends to set up dualities power vs strength, culture vs society, language vs history, machine vs nature, and most crucially finite vs infinite He often inverts language in strange ways A finite pla [...]

    25. I naively picked this book up as a text on game theory It s not about game theory It s roughly a philosophy book, with heavy use of metaphor It s short, but impossible to read fast, since the ideas presented required a lot of slow rumination to capture the range of meanings being offered I thought the experience of reading this book was rather spiritual, unlike any other book I ve ever read It s a heady mix of psychological ideas, early childhood development studies, world religions and morality [...]

    26. I couldn t actually get any further than the first section of this book It is insanely repetitive It felt like there might be some interesting ideas in here, but they were presented poorly Examples of the different games were sparse and obtuse.

    27. I survived 14 pages This must be the fastest I ever gave up on a book, or fell asleep, not sure which one It reads like a dictionary, but less exciting.

    28. I appreciated the concepts of pursuing infinite games Due to the writing style, I think I only internalized about 20% of the insights in this book Others I know found this book life changing.

    29. It s a fairly entertaining book that says the kinds of things you always believed but never knew how to articulate This is probably because it breaks the population into finite and infinite players and this mirrors the awoken asleep stereotype It s a bit like The Matrix The finite players see the world in a limited way whereas the infinite players are aware of the possibilities that exist Regardless, it was insightful and provided a new way of looking at the world and finding value in the thing [...]

    30. It s like an ink blot test in book form full of misty concepts and nebulous analogies that suggest intricate shapes and deep meanings while being just vague enough to allow the reader to fill in the blanks with their own ideas and experiences, permitting them to feel deeply understood But the book doesn t explain anything the power of an explanation isn t in what it permits, but in what it forbids At first glance it might seem as though the book defines something, but all its damarcations turn o [...]

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