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The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart
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Jul 20, 2011

really liked it
Read in July, 2011

I wish this book talked more about the mathematical qualities of randomness that it uses, and also more on how randomness is encountered and used in common (i.e. non-diceperson) everyday life. Psychologically speaking, I think a lot of the choices/opinions/actions we make/hold/perform are largely random. Which book will I read next? Do I write the next paragraph here or check my email first? Why do I dis/like any particular actor/politician? etc. (These actions may not be entirely random, the options are certainly dictated by the circumstances; but still random within the observation space.) I also don't think the 'random' choices made in the book were very random--they only had a few options, all dictated to at the diceplayer's whim before the toss. So why did he have to include such nasty things? I really like the idea of breaking down inhibitions and expanding one's perceptions, but rape and murder? Really? Why not just play the dice game without these things? Why isn't the dice game personal rather than impinging on other peoples potential-dice-freedoms? It seemed to me that the author was just using the dice as the final motivation to do whatever among his options he's going to do, but there was no case made that this was the optimal or even a good solution to what I see as an optimization problem. He should have written his 6 (hopefully not too crazy) options in a daily planner and just walked down the list...

Nonetheless, not too uncomfortable, a lot of funny situations, and many great lines and ideas in the book!

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