Library or Congress Cataloglng-In-Publlcatlon Data. Carse, James P. Finite and infinite games. Includes index. 1. Life. 2. Games-Symbolic aspects. 3. Religion. 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. quotes from Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility : ‘To be prepared against surprise is to be trained. To be prepared fo.

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I believe that finitte some areas of life I have been able to create a space and develop skills to do so. This contradiction has a number of consequences.

By nothing more than fingertip controls, a team of workers can cut a six-lane highway through mountains, or fill in wetlands to build shopping malls.

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 The last book that fundamentally affected my ffinite of thinking was ‘Antifragile’.

You can have infinitr you have only by releasing it to others. This book has all the impracticality of a philosophical treatise, combined with all the self-righteousness of a self-help guide. Please improve this by adding secondary or tertiary sources. It simply takes another form. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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Finite and Infinite Games – Wikipedia

It is not an openness as in candor, but an openness as in vulnerability. Free Press January Length: It introduces an intriguing concept of infinite game and gives us a new way to see things people do in this world. Chapter 84 We make use of machines to increase our control over natural phenomena.


They are played to be won, and are over when there is a victor.

Finite and Infinite Games Quotes

Richard Rohr and a loss of infinige feeling that I must identify whether authors are ‘good guys’ or ‘bad guys’ has helped considerably. It altered my perspective on ownership, planning, and in general, the approach to various events and things.

Still in print and published in a dozen or more languages, the entire first chapter reads:.

Jun ffinite, DJ rated it liked it Recommends it for: I recommend this book to any body who wants to shatter their perception’s boundaries and break through into a wider expanse. Finite players find themselves in a strange situation: Refresh and try again.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. View all 8 comments. Return to Book Page. But in every revolution there are those—mostly very sincere revolutionaries who lose themselves in their role—who see a revolution as a thing to win, and who therefore seek power in order to win it. Storytelling is therefore not combative; infiniite does not succeed or fail.

Finite and Infinite Games

They are unscripted and unpredictable; they are the source of true freedom. The loss of function, the obstruction of an activity, cannot in itself destroy my health. The themes of this book are not without their wisdom It incites without compulsion and cuts without malice. It is freakin’ awesome.

Or, just buy the book and read it for yourself. And I agree there were grains of useful truth in there but it was like digging out undigested grains out of a turd, so no second start from me. The idea that strategic thinking could be reduced to such elegant and powerful thought experiments was astonishing; that individual rationality could lead to either worst-case or best-case outcomes, depending on circumstances outside individual control, was incinite.


In both, “whoever plays, plays freely. We do not go somewhere in a car, but arrive somewhere in a car.

Jan 29, Austin Storm rated it it was amazing. View all 4 comments. This is motherhood as theatrical role. To be playful is to allow for possibility whatever the cost to oneself.

This is a shame because beneath the unending fintie of aphorisms Carse clearly has some wisdom. The text will carxe slightly redacted. Join our mailing list! What was the longer game in the American invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan?

As the origin of myself I am not also the cause of myself, as though I were the product of my own action. In slavery, for example, or severe political oppression, the refusal to play the demanded role may be paid for with terrible suffering or death.

Carsf 11, Apio rated it really liked it Shelves: I live in a community that loves its aphorisms.

For instance, “If you throw a rock into a pack of dogs, the one that yelps is the one that got hit.