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Dr. Peter Gray – defending the playful

The energy of his delivery and the depth of his knowledge about play are impressive, but his message is sobering, to say the least. In this talk, The Decline of Play and Rise of Mental Disorders, Dr. Peter Gray “brings attention to the reality that over the past 60 years in the United States there…

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Intergenerational Play

children in sillouhette

I herewith invite you to join an imaginary social movement. I call it “The Intergenerational Play Project.”Behold, the call to action:The Call to ActionThe separation between parents and children, adolescents and family is so wide that we hardly recognize ourselves in each other. Our generations have become institutionally isolated, divided out into schools, businesses, factories,…

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game power

Play is fun. It’s something we do for fun. When somebody asks us why we like playing something, we tell them, as clearly as we can: because it’s fun. Because if it wasn’t, we probably wouldn’t be doing it. So, let’s say you’re playing something – a game, a musical instrument – or, you’re working…

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Warning: this post is a brag. Dr. Peter Gray, whose research into play appears frequently in this very blog, has recently published his review of A Playful Path in his Freedom to Learn column in Psychology Today. But first, this story, from his post: A few years ago I had an experience that helped me see the difference between…

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a ludic theory of human nature

As you know, I’ve become a more and more committed follower Peter Gray’s explorations in the fields of play. Which is why I’m writing now about an essay he wrote four years ago. It took me this long to find it. Go figure. It’s called: “Play Makes us Human 1: A Ludic Theory of Human…

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Life is an informal game


Peter Gray continues to provide inspiration and clarity to anyone who suspects that fun and play may, in fact, be important to our growth and, maybe even our survival. Recently, the Journal of Play published “Play as Preparation for Learning and Life: An Interview with Peter Gray.” (PDF) It’s a long article. The following is…

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