{kindle} Infinite Baseball: Notes from a Philosopher at the Ballpark Author Alva Noe – Intimatenights.co.uk

Infinite Baseball: Notes from a Philosopher at the Ballpark Baseball is a strange sport it consists of long periods in which little seems to be happening, punctuated by high energy outbursts of rapid fire activity Because of this, despite ever greater profits, Major League Baseball is bent on finding ways to shorten games, and to tailor baseball to today s shorter attention spans But for the true fan, baseball is always compelling to watch and intellectually fascinating It s superficially slow pace is an opportunity to participate in the distinctive thinking practice that defines the game If baseball is boring, it s boring the way philosophy is boring not because there isn t a lot going on, but because the challenge baseball poses is making sense of it all In this deeply entertaining book, philosopher and baseball fan Alva No explores the many unexpected ways in which baseball is truly a philosophical kind of game He ponders how, for example, observers of baseball are less interested in what happens, than in who is responsible for what happens every action receives praise or blame To put it another way, in baseball as in the law we decide what happened based on who is responsible for what happened No also explains the curious activity of keeping score A score card is not merely a record of the game, like a video recording it is an account of the game Baseball requires that true fans try to tell the story of the game, in real time, as it unfolds, and thus actively participate in its creation Some argue that baseball is fundamentally a game about numbers No s wide ranging, thoughtful observations show that, to the contrary, baseball is not only a window on language, culture, and the nature of human action, but is intertwined with deep and fundamental human truths The book ranges over different baseball topics, from the nature of umpiring and the role of instant replay, to the nature of the strike zone, from the rampant use of surgery to controversy surrounding performance enhancing drugs

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