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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: (23 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1411627679
  • ISBN-13: 978-1411627673
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,290,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Guess what, marketing people don't tell the truth so as to get you to spend your money on the products that they are employed to market!

Governments? They don't always tell the truth either! to control the masses into doing what the government thinks they ought to!

Some ideas, right, spread even though they aren't true or correct!

In this book, that takes the form of a transcript of a conversation that one man has with a psychologist, these apparently interesting and revolutionary ideas are revealed.....very slowly and painfully and you just keep waiting for something interesting to be said but it doesn't happen.

Pointless really, unless perhaps Americans are far more naive and trusting than the average Brit and this is aimed at them - perhaps we are just more cynical in the first place over here? I mean, they went crazy in the states for the McDonalds film where the guy ate nothing but McDonalds at every meal and was unsurprisingly sick as a result - no-one in the UK here bothered with that film much as it was pretty obvious that you aren't supposed to eat it every day - it's just common sense.

I'm giving this book 2 stars, one for the two or three good jokes in it and one for at least trying to write something in a different prose style - but for content, nothing here of any real revelatory nature, as if you have even the slightest interest in looking beneath the surface of the modern world and how it works, you will be well aware of al of these ideas already.
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I love this book and I do find something new everytime I read it. So far I have read it 3 times and I really do learn something new every time. Sometimes I guess my perspective may have changed and as a result may read it or perceive it differently, but it is one of the few books I can read again and again and still be surprised.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Sept. 2005
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Very disappointed with it. Was expecting something groundbreaking, but it failed to deliever. An easy read and quite honestly, boring.
Don't waste your time. Read something more worthwile like Robert Anton Wilson.
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23 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Waking from the Meme Dream 18 Mar. 2006
By Willie Harris Jr. - Published on
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"Poker Without Cards" kicks like a jackass to Willie's left shinbone!

I was safe... as long as I was asleep. Now I'm f**king awake. After the first read it dawned on me that I'm an addict... addicted to higher authorities... addicted to those who know.

Ben Mack released my chains.

Reading "Poker Without Cards" I learned about:

1. The Voight Comm Test.

2. When God speaks to preachers, nobody ever really freaks out and questions their sanity. Shouldn't the fact that God spoke to them be on CNN? Either God is speaking to them and we have a modern day prophet and the newfound words of God should be published everywhere, or they are criminals for swindling their donations. Or, are they insane?

3. Relying too heavily on intelligence is a sign of immaturity. Young people are eager to show off. They flaunt what they know and what they think. They can't resist. Character is the greater part of knowledge. Knowledge is the application of character and intelligence.

4. Consenus breeds reality. Garnering and stewarding consenus is powerful. The Catholic Church was the first organization to recognize that garnering consensus was an effective path to ruling people.

5. Poker is an inquiry into the structure of power. The goal of poker is sustainable increases in money. Money is power. The structure of poker is betting with incomplete information. Poker includes playing on emotions and social motivators usually discounted in other inquiries into power or disciplines.

6. IQ tests have been revealed to test acclimation to dominant white culture.

7. The Finnegans are waking.

I'm now fighting for my mind. Praying that I won't fall prey... again. Fighting for my freedom... ending my hunt for subservient slaves to bring to my elite master. They may hold and control the empire... but not the empire of my mind.

"Poker Without Cards" is the handle of a multipurpose tool... buy it... read it... free yourself... free others. Whether you are willing to follow my advice or not...

Big brother is watching. Bow to the one you serve.
18 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Thought provoking 2 Oct. 2005
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Well, I'm not a kid--just an adult who can't remember my amazon account password... Anyway, Poker without Cards is a thought provoking novel of ideas. It will get the reader thinking about advertising, culture, mental health, and more.

The reader who says PWC was boring is probably just not ready for it. It's not an action thriller, but rather a consciousness thriller. Anyone looking to exercise his/her brain should enjoy it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
has potential, but bored me 24 Dec. 2011
By S. A. Saribay - Published on
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This is a strange book. I didn't find it mindblowing as others have, but I feel like this is because I'm more knowledgeable about the effects of mass media and other forms of influence (due to my profession). I can see that the book would be more exciting for some other people who don't think about these issues as often. The nice thing about it is there are a lot of references to interesting books and movies. However, I still think one would do better to read one of those books, than this book itself. For instance, pick up Robert Cialdini's Influence. Or a good book on memes.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This just might be the best book i've ever read. 7 Sept. 2008
By Terry Gimbles - Published on
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This is quite a good book. It will really open up your mind to new things, especially if you're not familiar with memes/memetics. This is a book that is really hard to put down, especially since the layout is easy on the eyes. Poker Without Cards is an extremely underrated book in my opinion and is a book you can easily read 2-3 times over and still discover new meaning.
10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
I'm not sure what to think. And I don't mean that in a good way. 14 Mar. 2007
By Colin M. Downes - Published on
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There's a couple layers here. There's interesting material (a lot cribbed from other sources, but still interesting). There's an extraordinarily self-conscious branding attempt. There are a couple different pseudonyms such that the author's identity is pretty confused. There's an effort to get readers to think about a lot of things that are worth thinking about.

It's a fun read. Just don't take it as seriously as it wants you to. And if you've read a lot of Robert Anton Wilson or Buckminster Fuller, it's probably not worth your time. Basically, I'm not sure to what extent this is an attempt to capitalize on the work of authors writing in a certain niche and build a brand around it, and to what extent this is interesting, original material.
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