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A few years ago, some students wrote a program to automatically generate academic papers that on the surface sound like they have meaning, but once you start trying to really understand the paper, you realise there is nothing there.
This book far exceeds that effort.
It starts of making reasonably reasonable statements on what could be interesting topic, but then devolves on the following pages to end up saying meaningless goobledegook, such as: "As an infinite player one is neither yound nor old, for one does not live in the time of another. There is therefor no external measure of an infinite player's temperality. Time does not pass for an infinite player. Each moment of time is a beginning."
I have a strong suspicion that many people who claim to enjoy this book, do so on the basis that they are afraid that if they admit that the book doesn't make much sense, they think they are saying that "they're not smart enough to understand the book".
I don't think that's the case. Really the book takes what could be an interesting concept and says nothing useful about it.
I rarely write reviews but made an exception for this book; its prose is garbled and waffling, almost akin to the kind of pseudointellectualising you’d expect from late night stoner philosophers. It seems to want to obscure any insights it might have, or less charitably the lack thereof, under a morass of ambiguous statements
An old text in a refreshed new cover...as relevant now as ever before. Containing a 101 sets of insights arranged in seven sections you will likely be challenged over 100 times in what you think, believe, act. Quite simply, it is a bedrock for re-starting life as we generally experience it to attain a seemingly improbable way of living with play.
There are more than enough books out there on 'play', most of them peddling suspect fashionable vagaries about a concept which they choose not to define. In contrast, Carse knows exactly what he is talking about, and his application of play theory to the law, for example, is precise and incisive.