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Stuart Brown_ Why play is vital -- no matter your age Part 2

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That says to me at least in rats and I think they have the same Nero transmitters that we do on similar critical agriculture that play may be pretty important for are survival and and and there are alot more animal studies that i could talk about. Now, this is a consequence of play deprivation. This took a long time, I had to get Homer down and put him through the MIR and the spectrum, multiple EGEs, but as a couch potato, his brain shrunk. And we do know that in domestic animals and others when their play deprived they dont develop and rats also, they dont develop a brain that is normal. Now the program says that, the opposite of play is not work, its depression. And I think if you think about life without play, no humor, no flirtation, no movies, no games, no fantasy and and and, try and imagine a culture, or a life, or otherwise without play. and the thing that is so unique about are species is that we really are designed to play through are whole lifetime, and we all have capacity to play signal, no body misses that dog that I took a picture on the Carmel beach a couple weeks ago. Whats going to follow from that behavior is play, you can trust it. The bases of human trust is established through play signals and we begin to loose those signals, culturally and otherwise as adults. That's a shame, I think we got a lot of learning to do now Jane Goodall, has here a play face along with one of her favorite chimps, so part of the signaling system of play, has to do with, vocal, facial, body, gestural, you can tell and i think, when we are getting into collective play its really important for groups to gain a sense of safety, through their own sharing and play signals. You may not know this word, but it should be your biological first name and last name cause neoteny means the retention of immature qualities into adulthood and we are by physical anthropologist by many many studies the most notorious, the most youthful, most flexible, the most plastic of all creatures and therefor the most playful and this gives us a leg up on adaptability, now there is a, a way of looking at play, that i also want to emphasize here which is the play history, your own personal play history is unique and often is not something we think about particularly this is a book written by a consument player by the name of Kevin Carol. Keven Carol came from extremely deprived consequences, alcoholic mother absent father, inner city Philadelphia, black, had to take care of a younger brother. Found that when he looked at a playground out of a window which he had been confined he felt something different, and so he followed up on it and his life, the transformation of his life from a deprivation and one would expect potentially prison or death. He become linguist, a trainer for the 76's and now hes a motivational speaker and he gives play as a trans-formative force over his entire life. Now theres another play history that I think is a work in progress. Those of you that remember Al Gore during the first term and then during his successful but un-elected run for the presidency may remember him as being kind of wooden and not entirely his own person at least in public. And looking at his history which is common in the press it seems to me at least, looking it from a shrinks point of view, that a lot of his life was programmed summers were hard, hard work in the heat of Tennessee summers. He had the expectation of his senatorial father and Washington DC, and although he had certainly a capacity for play cause i do know something about that he wasn't as empowered, I think as he now is by paying attention to what is his own passion and his own inner drive which i think has its bases in all of us in are play history. So what I want to encourage on an individual level to do is to explore backwards as far as you can go to the most clear joyful playful image that you have whether its with a toy, on a birthday, on a vacation and begin to build from the emotion of that into how that connects with your life now. and you'll find that you may change jobs, which has happened to a number of people when I've had them do this in order to be more empowered through their play or you'll be able to enrich your life by prioritizing it and paying attention to it. Most of us work with groups and I put this up because the D school, The Design school at Stanford, thanks to David Kelly and a lot of others who have been visionary about its establishment Has a group of us to get together and create a course called From play to Innovation and you'll see this course is to investigate the humans state of play which is kinda like the polar bear huskie state and its importantance to creative thinking. To explore play behavior, development and its biological bases, to apply those principles through design thinking to promote innovation in the corporate world and the students will work with real world partners on design projects with wide spread applications. This is are maiden voyage in this. We got were about 2.5 - 3 months into it and its really been fun. There is are star, Pupal, this labrador who taught a lot of what a state of play is and an extremely aged and decrepit professor in charge there. and Brendon Boll, Rich Crandall, and on the far right, I think a person who will be in cohots with George Smot for a noble prize Stewart Thomas a neuro science. So we've had Brandon who from IDO and the rest of us sitting aside and watching these students as they put play principles into practice in the classroom and one of their projects was to see what makes meetings boring and try and do something about it What we'll is a student made film about just that. *Film Starts* Flow in the mental state of operation in which the person is fully immersed in what he or she is doing characterized by a feeling of energized focus, full involvement and success in the process of the activity An important Cantype we learned about meetings is people pack them in One after another, destructive of the day. attendees at meetings dont know when they will get back to the activities they left at their desk but it doesnt have to be that way. *Music playing * Some refering monks at this place called the D school designed a meeting that you can litterly step out of, when its over take the meeting off, and have a peace of mind that you can come back to the meeting because when you need it again the meeting is latterly hanging in your closet the wear-able meeting because when you put it on, you latterly get everything you need to have a fun and productive and useful meeting, but when you take it off thats when the real action happens *Music * So i would encourage you to all to engage, not in the work place differential where you set aside time to play, but where your life becomes infused, minute by minute, hour by hour, with body, object social, fantasy, transformational kinds of play and i think you'll have a better and more empowered life, Thank You So it sounds like what your saying is that there may be some temptation on the part of people to look at your work and go I've think I've heard this in my kind of pop psychological understanding of play that some how the way animals and humans deal with play, that its some sort of reheresal for adult activity, your work seems to suggest that powerfully wrong. Ya, i dont think that's accurate and i think probably because animals have taught us that. If you stop a cat from playing which you can do, and we've all seen how cats bat around stuff there just as good predators as if they would be if they hadnt played and if you imagine a kid pretending to be king Kong or a race car driver or a firemen, they dont all become race car drivers or firemen So theres a disconnect between preparation for the future which is what most people are comfortable and thinking about play as, and thinking of it as a separate biological entity and this is where my chasing animals for 4-5 years really changed my perspective from the coalition to what i am now which is that play has a biological place just like sleep and dreams do. and if you look at sleep and dreams biologically, animals sleep and dream and they rehearse and they do some other things that help memory and that are very important part of sleep and dreams, The next step of evolution in mammals and creatures with divinely superfluous neurons will be to play and the fact that polar bear and husky or magpie and a bear or you and I are dogs can cross over and have that experience sets play aside something separate and its hugely important in learning and crafting the brain so its not just something you do in your spare time how do you keep, but I know your a part of the scientific research community and you have to justify your existence with grants and proposal like everyone else How do you prevent, and some of the data you produce the good science your talking about you produce is hot to handle, how do you prevent either the media interpretation of your work or the scientific communities interpretation of the implication of your work, kinda like the Mozart metaphor where, MOI show that play enhances your intelligence, well lets round these kids up, put them in pins and make them play for months at a time, they will all be geniuses and go to Harvard, how do you prevent from taking that sort of action on the data your developing? I think the only way I know to do it to have accumulated advisors that I have who go from practitioners who can establish through improvisational play or clowning or whatever, a state of play, so people know that its there and then you get an FMRI specialist, you get Frank Wilson and you get other kinds of scientists including neuro oncologists and you get them into a group together focused on play, and its pretty hard not to take it seriously. Unfortantly that hasnt been done sufficiently for the national science foundation, national instute of mental health or anybody else to really look at in this way seriously. You dont hear about the, anything, its like cancer or hearth disease associated with play, and yet I see it as something just as basic for survival. Long term, as some of the things about basic health. Stuart Brown thank you very much....

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Posted by: atrctech on Sep 16, 2011

Stuart Brown_ Why play is vital -- no matter your age Part 2

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