In Episode 34, The Occupational Philosophers explore the topic of play and ponder the crucial question “Why does any game of Monopoly always end in a fist fight?

In this episode, they discuss:

  • What happens to our brains when we play?
  • Why unstructured play is key to our development as children (and adults!)
  • How play improves our cognitive skills so we can problem solve, create and learn more effectively
  • Who said ‘play is the highest form of research’?
  • How play enables us to produce our best work in whatever form that takes 
  • How there is an actual national institute of play (true fact) 
  • Why playing like a cat is at the heart of art and creativity 

As always, there are original thought experiments and this time they ask:

  • To play or to play?

We hope you enjoy the episode as much as The Occupational Philosophers enjoyed making it.

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References

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/feb/06/ai-weiwei-i-am-like-a-cat-cats-can-play-for-a-whole-day?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

https://www.nifplay.org

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/17/the-guardian-view-on-lego-for-adults-play-is-a-serious-business

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