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Finite and Infinite Games by James P. Carse
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Apr 12, 11

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 nurture your relationships in a healthier way. Even if you didn’t read the book cover-to-cover, there are still small concepts heading the 101 sections in the book that are so profound, they can have an impact on your way of thinking if you just sit on them for a while, letting them simmer in your brain. My favorite three are “finite players play within boundaries; infinite players play with boundaries,” “a finite player consume time; an infinite player generates time,” and “the finite player aims to win eternal life; the infinite player aims for eternal birth.”
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