Monday, July 24, 2006


why do we play?
to learn about patterns. our brains recognise patterns and if we see an emerging shape in behaviour we can predict the next element in the sequence.
so play helps us to predict the future behaviour of systems. a vital tool in being functional in our daily lives.
example. if you pile boxes up in certain ways they will fall over. how do we know this? we have played with boxes since we were little and so have the experience to predict with a fairly high level of certainty how they will act when stacked in different ways in a storage area or a shop floor, etc.
this example is true with a variety of systems including human dynamics. what is also true is that if you limit a child`s access and ability to play they will never develop the fine skillsnecessary to make these determiations. so as carlos santana likes to say, let the children play.


Yves said...

And the more we learn, the more we play. Why do adults continue to play like children, but in different ways, with flirting, teasing, experiments, curiosity, blogging? Is it not that we like asking questions of life? Is it not that questions are more fun than answers, or rather that each answer provokes more questions?

dr.alistair said...

the reason why i like the writing of r.a.wilson, alan watts and terence mckenna etc. is that they make me think of better questions. it is the tragedy of modern society that we have stopped asking questions as if we know all the answers. that is my greatest criticism of science and religion.