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Exploring the nature and nurture of play—past, present, and future
Scott G. Eberle Ph.D.
Head-banging metal bands capitalize the "tritone," also known as the Devil’s Interval, because it is both rough on the ears and devilishly hard to sing.
The philosopher's famous saying about play had more to do with duty than delight.
Though organic, economic, and political dissolution have raged in this interval, the bike again offered its emotional rewards.
Fun with the surefire strategy of combinatory play.
Masks derive both their humor and their horror from the false faces they present.
Fun protects us, and no holiday can match Halloween for fun.
In pretend play, kids both honestly acknowledge the threats they feel and at the same time gamely play against them.
Luckily, play is contagious. Happily, too.
Puzzle solvers prize difficulty and challenge over ease.
To play is to lose yourself. To play is also to find yourself. To play is to connect, too.
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.
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.