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Jane McGonigal


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Jane McGonigal is an American game designer and author who advocates the use of mobile and digital technology to channel positive attitudes and collaboration in a real world context.
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The Reality Game
How the Next Wave of Technology Will Break the Truth
Samuel Woolley - Jan 07, 2020
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Fake news posts and Twitter trolls were just the beginning. What will happen when misinformation moves from our social media feeds into our everyday lives?Online disinformation stormed our political process in 2016 and has only worsened since. Yet as Samuel Woolley shows in this urgent book, it may pale in comparison to what's to come: humanlike au...
Jane McGonigal
Dec 09, 2020
@Ologies speaking of which...professorrr @samuelwoolley would be an amazing guest for an episode in infodemiology, how disinformation and misinformation spread (very important for vaccination efforts!) His book Reality Game is fantastic and he is THE expert!      source
A Little Life
Hanya Yanagihara - Jan 26, 2016 (first published in 2015)
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A Little Life follows four college classmatesbroke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambitionas they move to New York in search of fame and fortune. While their relationships, which are tinged by addiction, success, and pride, deepen over the decades, the men are held together by their devotion to the brilliant, enigmatic Jude, a man...
Jane McGonigal
Jan 20, 2020
@rhondakap @kellymcgonigal If you haven't read this only read it if you want to be emotionally brutalized. Virtuoso portrayal of compassion but Jesus you could not make worse things happen to your characters. Almost sadistic. Amazing book but traumatic read      source
Game Thinking
Innovate smarter & drive deep engagement with design techniques from hit games
Amy Jo Kim - May 24, 2018
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How are market-leading products born?Successful innovations may end up reaching a mainstream audience, but they never start off that way. That's the paradox of innovation most entrepreneurs fail to embrace-the typical people in your market are not the ones you need to woo when bringing your idea to life.Instead, find the "superfans" hidden in your ...
Jane McGonigal
Jul 19, 2018
this is a STEAL for a great book on game thinking!      source
The Game Believes in You
How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter
Greg Toppo - Apr 21, 2015
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What if schools, from the wealthiest suburban nursery school to the grittiest urban high school, thrummed with the sounds of deep immersion? More and more people believe that can happen - with the aid of video games. Greg Toppo's The Game Believes in You presents the story of a small group of visionaries who, for the past 40 years, have been pushin...
Jane McGonigal
May 06, 2015
The most important book on games and learning in a decade! it's getting amazing reviews in NYT, etc      source
The Grasshopper
Games, Life and Utopia
Bernard Suits - Apr 02, 2014 (first published in 1978)
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In the mid twentieth century the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein famously asserted that games are indefinable; there are no common threads that link them all. "Nonsense," says the sensible Bernard Suits: "playing a game is a voluntary attempt to overcome unnecessary obstacles." The short book Suits wrote demonstrating precisely that is as playful a...
Jane McGonigal
Aug 21, 2014
@mikedariano The Grasshopper by Bernard Suits      source
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Nigel Warburton
The Willpower Instinct
How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It
Kelly McGonigal - Dec 31, 2013 (first published in 2011)
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Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course "The Science of Willpower," The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity.Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psyc...
Jane McGonigal
Feb 02, 2012
@rhawkins @TheAtlantic the better book on will power is the Willpower Instinct      source
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Derek Sivers
Finite and Infinite Games
James P. Carse - Jan 05, 2013 (first published in 1986)
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There are at least two kinds of games, states James P. Carse as he begins this extraordinary book. One could be called finite; the other infinite. A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play.Finite games are the familiar contests of everyday life; they are played in order to be won, wh...
Jane McGonigal
It’s basically a book about games, but then it turns out it’s about the meaning of life.      source
Suffering Is Optional
Three Keys to Freedom and Joy
Cheri Huber - Mar 01, 2002
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Suffering Is Optional: Three Keys to Freedom and Joy centers around three basic aspects of Zen practice: pay attention, believe nothing, and don’t take anything personally. As ending suffering requires that one sees how suffering happens, the book urges readers to be willing to be quiet and pay attention to the process of suffering in effort to see...
Jane McGonigal
I’m very inspired by Buddhist practices. I practice Zen Buddhism myself. This is another good book.      source