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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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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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are we the hunter-gatherers of the information age?

In another section of Peter Gray’s article on Play as a Foundation for Hunter-Gatherer Existence (the same article we already quoted extensively), there’s a section describing how the “characteristics of a group playing a social game are precisely the elements that anthropologists refer to repeatedly, and often emphatically, in their discussions of social relationships and governance…

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hunter-gatherers, pick-up games, and the play community

Did I write this?: Imagine a neighborhood group playing together. To make the example more specific, imagine a game of baseball—not a little-league game run by coaches and umpires, which is not fully play, but a mixed-age pickup game run by the players themselves. The stated goal of each player might be to win, but…

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