If a finite game is to be won by someone it must come to a definitive end. It will come to an end when someone has won. We know that someone has won the. “There are at least two kinds of games,” states James Carse as he begins this extraordinary book. “One could be called finite; the other infinite.” Finite games are. Editorial Reviews. From the Inside Flap. nary book that will dramatically change the way you experience life. Finite games are the familiar contests of.
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Read "Finite and Infinite Games" by James Carse with Rakuten Kobo. “There are at least two kinds of games,” states James Carse as he begins. There are at least two kinds of games,” states James Carse as he begins this extraordinary book. “One could be called finite; the other infinite. Finite games are the familiar contests of everyday life, the games we play in business and Infinite games are more mysterious -- and ultimately more rewarding.
It starts out deceptively simple. Small words, easy ideas. Next thing you know, Carse has taken you into a new world of thought, a new reality, a more relevant and REAL reality. Step by step, idea by idea, Carse presents nothing difficult in itself; but, suddenly the reader finds himself as if walking on water, in an unexpected place. A good place.
Compatible with all religions and non-religions. Compatible with all values. Nothing threatening. Just a new and clearer reality. This is a book hard to classify. Carse, the author, fills and charms the book. As the title suggests, this is a work on finite and infinite games that purports "a vision of life as play and possibility.
Right, but what are the rules. Well, here enters Carse, who in seven chapters defines the game and unfolds and explains the rules. The seven chapters are named in a very sportive and even poetic manner: There are at least to kind of games; No one can play a game alone; I am the genius of myself; A finite game occurs within a world; Nature is the realm of the unspeakable; We control nature for societal reasons; Myth provokes explanation but accepts none of it.
And there you are. So please do not confound games with lightness or pastime. At least not in this book.
So you have to keep in mind, as long as you read, that this is a book about life "A vision of life Then, what are the rules? The rules are simple but full of derivatives or branches that have no limit. Like life itself that starts with a very simple origin and grows up in complexity and variety.
That's why the first paragraph says that "There are at least two kinds of games.
One could be called finite; the other infinite. Carse says that a game can be won, so the game ends, which is the finite case. Or the game is playing continuously because the purpose is not winning but to follow up the game, which is the infinite case. Let's quote Carse: They do not care for the reason that their game in not bounded by time.
Indeed, the only purpose of the game is to prevent it from coming to an end, to keep everyone in play.
It is. We play infinite games as long as we live, and the finite games we play are there not only to compensate or to maintain under control the anxiety and our ignorance of who wins at last in the infinite version, but also to be prepared against, and to be educated for the surprises and twists that life put in front of us: That's the reason why the last chapter is dedicated to the myth issue.
For several years I've been studying the singularities of a myth, the purpose they have, why they appeared, why they are here with us in spite of the exponential growing of knowledge through science and the technological development associated with it. And Carse offers here one of the most astounding answers to my search, which is presented in the very title of the chapter: They do not care for the reason that their game is not bounded by time.
Indeed the only purpose of the game is to prevent it from coming to an end, to keep everyone in play. Insofar as this book a very brief book indeed, with pages is about games, we as a readers are players also, so maybe there are as many readings as readers. Or almost. Yet, it remains or let something that to me is unequivocal: This book propose that rules in a temporal basis finite vs.
If you look for, you could find others, but to me this book offers the most amazing explanation to the philosophical question that beats under our skins all the time: A game. Questions about what constitutes the work of the infinite versus the finite have been contemplated by the lowliest and highest spiritual seekers throughout time. Such questioning is often serious or at the least solemn as a quest for right living, whether one is religious or not. But how many of us have viewed this questioning through the lens of systems thinking and cybernetics?
Breaking new ground in the way we can think about the infinite versus the finite, Carse questions these two concepts in the form of games that we play in everyday life.
He flushes out the rules for playing infinite and finite games, demonstrating how everything in life is interrelated and interdependent, creating wholes greater than the sum of their parts, true to systems thinking. Because Carse changes so drastically the language one generally finds in works discussing the finite and infinite, it is a little difficult to grasp the game images he creates, but sticking with the book is well worth the difficulty at the beginning.
One could be called finite, the other infinite. Once the rules for playing both finite and infinite games are laid out, Carse takes the reader through the various ways we tend to play these games through politics, religion, sexuality, the roles people choose, society, culture, and our relationship to nature, to name a few.
One ends up with a completely new way of thinking about how to approach life. This deeply profound little book is a truly a game changer. See all reviews. site Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about site Giveaway. This item: Finite and Infinite Games.
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