Wednesday, 23 September 2009
What's play all about?
Is it something grown-ups shouldn't? Should we all grow up and stop acting the kid?
Well a man called Stuart Brown says something quite different!
Stuart Brown has researched that notion and nature of play through research on murderers -- unlikely as that seems (glup) -- after he found a stunning common thread in killers' stories: lack of play in childhood. Since then, he's interviewed thousands of people to catalog their relationships with play, noting a strong correlation between success and playful activity.
With the support of the National Geographic Society he has observed animal play in the wild, where he first concieved of play as an evolved behavior important for the well being -- and survival -- of animals, especially those of higher intelligence.
Now, through his organization, the National Institute for Play, he hopes to expand the study of human play into a vital science -- and help people everywhere enjoy and participate in play throughout life.
"Finally, a good excuse to goof off … Brown builds a compelling case for the importance of recreation to success and creativity -- and insists that grown-ups need it too."
Click here and watch his TED talk! (I'm off to play with my dinner!!!!)