Book Review – The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart

The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart

The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart

The blurb says:

The cult classic that can still change your life! Let the dice decide! This is the philosophy that changes the life of bored psychiatrist Luke Rhinehart — and in some ways changes the world as well. Because once you hand over your life to the dice, anything can happen. Entertaining, humorous, scary, shocking, subversive, The Dice Man is one of the cult bestsellers of our time.

This is not a perfect book – the story arc is all messed up and it doesn’t really end properly.  However in spite of this it’s still one of my favorite books.

What I love about the book is the main philosophical concept, so the fact that the rest of the book isn’t perfect doesn’t matter.

The book is from 1971 and the blurb already spoiled it, so I guess it’s probably OK for me to spoil it some too.

The mind-expanding philosophical concept is that instead of deciding what to do with your life, you leave it up to the dice.  You choose the options and their probability, but in the end the choice is random.  I spend a lot of time thinking about how to improve myself as a person – how to make better decisions.  Giving up all of that and just making choices randomly was a revolutionary concept for me.  Even religions that require you to surrender your will to a higher power have rules that you follow and a logical nature to the higher power.

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