Play!

A Listmania! list by Lester M. Stacey (Las Vegas, Nevada USA)
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The list author says: "Play turns out to be a basic human need.

Sadly this need goes chronically unsatisfied as people pursue serious activities.

No therapist prescribes autonomous play to correct a critical deficiency of play. One is on one's own to figure out why play really matters and to pursue play as a basic human need."
Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play-Element in Culture
1.  Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play-Element in Culture by Johan Huizinga
The list author says:
  "This book defines humans in terms of our ability to play."
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The Brain and the Meaning of Life
2.  The Brain and the Meaning of Life by Paul Thagard
The list author says:
  "The author admits neglecting his need for play. He prescribes balancing love, work and play as one matures.

The book contrasts healthy play with slacker apathy."
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Matter and Mind: A Philosophical Inquiry (Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science)
3.  Matter and Mind: A Philosophical Inquiry (Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science) by Mario Bunge
The list author says:
  "On the very first page, page vii, of his Preface, the author admits: "...and I feel impish glee at the great Aristotle's vascillation on this point, the intellectual source of all religions and philosophies." This is a case of genius at play. High level play. The prerequisite for which is getting one's ontology and epistemology to align with reality."
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Masking the Abject: A Genealogy of Play
4.  Masking the Abject: A Genealogy of Play by Mechthild Nagel
The list author says:
  "This book presents a confused genealogy of play in humans.

There is still a genealogy of human play."
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The Genesis of Animal Play: Testing the Limits (A Bradford Book)
5.  The Genesis of Animal Play: Testing the Limits (A Bradford Book) by Gordon M. Burghardt
The list author says:
  "The origins of play are examined."
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Affective Neuroscience: The Foundations of Human and Animal Emotions (Series in Affective Science)
6.  Affective Neuroscience: The Foundations of Human and Animal Emotions (Series in Affective Science) by Jaak Panksepp
The list author says:
  "Chapter 15:  Rough-and-Tumble Play: The Brain Sources of Joy."
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The Role of Play in Human Development
7.  The Role of Play in Human Development by Anthony D. Pellegrini
The list author says:
  "How play really matters in development."
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