Adam Blatner

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The Glass Bead Game (Revisited)

Originally posted on August 11, 2013

Herman Hesse in the early 20th century wrote a novel, “Magister Ludi” about the Glass Bead Game. In light of postmodernist ideas, what if these were elements, subatomic particles, or types of aesthetic variables, or whatever, that could be played, like a game of checkers, to collaboratively (not competitively) create a world, or an aspect of the world? Consider this layout for the beginning set-up:


What do each of these symbols suggest to you? How would you construct the meaning of your life or your world based on these “units” of meaning?

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