Slots: Praying to the God of Chance

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A renowned psychiatrist and the author of articles on subjects ranging from psychoanalytic anthropology to machine intelligence takes on America's $300 billion a year love affair with slot machines. Are slots a business-or a national obsession? Just entertainment-or religion? Harmless fun for millions-and an addiction for some?
In Slots, Dr. Forrest considers all these perspectives, guiding the reader through the literally hypnotic world of casino slots. Drawing upon ...

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Overview

A renowned psychiatrist and the author of articles on subjects ranging from psychoanalytic anthropology to machine intelligence takes on America's $300 billion a year love affair with slot machines. Are slots a business-or a national obsession? Just entertainment-or religion? Harmless fun for millions-and an addiction for some?
In Slots, Dr. Forrest considers all these perspectives, guiding the reader through the literally hypnotic world of casino slots. Drawing upon neuropsychiatric, sociological and cultural insights, he illustrates how this machine became such an enticing device in America. What this book describes with equal parts humor and awe is the way slots emporia have been transformed from underground grottos into soaring cathedral-like structures where congregants sit and commune-all to the end of worshipping the god of chance.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883285487
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,460,982
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

David V. Forrest studied literary criticism as a premed at Princeton, and received his medical, psychiatric and psychoanalytic training at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he is now Clinical Professor of Psychiatry. As well as publishing hundreds of scholarly articles, he has co-authored a videotape series in psychiatry and neurology, won a Bronze Medal for being chief of the largest psychiatric clinic during the Vietnam War, and is past president of the American College of Psychoanalysts.
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  • Posted February 11, 2012

    Surprised

    I play the slots a lot and I buy just about every book available on slot playing. I bought this book thinking it would help me get an advantage in my play. But I was very surprised by what I found when I got the book - it wasn't a scheme on how to get rich quick but rather told how the gambling casinos and slot makers have created a world designed to hook people into playing the slots. The author visited many of the casinos that I routinely go to and his descriptions of these places are right on. If you are into slots like I am, you got to read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2012

    Fascinating

    I always wondered why I was so attracted to playing the slot machines at the casino - now I am beginning to understand. Dr. Forrest sets forth how the casinos and the slot machine manufacturers lure you into their grasp with clever edifices and spectacular graphics that are mind boggling. If you play the slots, I strongly recommend you should read this book. You will learn a lot from it.

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  • Posted February 9, 2012

    More then just Slots

    One of the most interesting books on not just the mechanics and and ways to beat the system.It gives you knowlegde of the casinos and it machines.Also your reference on the physche compare to gambling.Well written and a pleasure to read.

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