Understanding the world as it really is—random—can liberate and empower us.
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Exploring the nature and nurture of play—past, present, and future
Scott G. Eberle Ph.D.
Much inspiration flows from collision.
The game that recruited play as a tonic and distraction.
Can play therapy overcome bad play?
Laughter bubbles from the surface of play and it grows from surprises.
Couldn't a television program for kids educate and entertain?
As in all experiments, measurement itself affects the conditions observed.
It may be hard to find the exact point where play stops and some other opposite or tangential process takes over.
Gravity should not rule out levity.
Why should I fear riding a Ferris wheel?
Story reading is play. And so is storytelling. Both feed curiosity and feed on curiosity.
“Play,” paidia in ancient Greek, is one of those problematic concepts that shakes our confidence in discovering meaning across a long stretch of time.
Are you how you play?
To anticipate being at play is already to be in play.
Unbidden ideas will lead you if you’re prepared to follow them.
“Social leisure” that once enriched American life has declined as Americans have forsaken group play (bowling leagues and bridge nights, for instance) for more solitary amusement.
Panksepp believed that PLAY was the most complex of the positive emotions.
The nation will pay for devaluing play.
Can philosophers afford to be funny when asking the ultimate questions about life, the universe, and everything?
Is the game of politics play?
Most of us can look back, and with good reason, wonder how we ever survived our childhoods.
The bully’s sneer provides the age-old cue: Glee tinged with cruelty is not play.
When future historians look back, they will likely label our time an “Age of Anxiety.”
New technology makes it less urgent that we commit facts to memory.
Sometimes, we learn most when things go haywire.
Science fiction authors always mean to open readers’ eyes wider, intending to broaden their perspective.
Rule breakers come in three varieties: the cheater, the spoilsport, and the game changer. We despise the first, we puzzle over the second, and usually, we admire the third.
Playing politics on the playground
Wonder powers imagination.
Skiers who tune in tune out of the social side of skiing; insulated and cocooned this way, they miss attunement itself—a vital communal component of play.
...we do, in fact, now live in a healthier, wealthier, more tolerant, less violent, and more secure world than ever.
Scott G. Eberle, Ph.D., is the vice president for play studies at The Strong, editor of its American Journal of Play, and lead contributor to its re:Play Blog.