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Nathan Lentz argues that the pleasure we and many other species take in playing is evidence that play has a role in the survival of our species, because “the more time that an animal spends engaging in a behavior, the more certain we are that it plays an important role in survival or reproduction” (4). Stuart Brown examines the impact of play on our physical, social, and cognitive development, and concludes that “play….seems to continue the process of neural evolution” (16). Finally, Koeners and Francis examine how play can be incorporated into higher education by emphasizing puzzle-solving, experimentation, and exploration (19).
Stuart Brown writes that “Play is largely responsible for our existence as sentient, intelligent creatures.” Using all of the essays in this reading set, address the following: What is the relevance of play to adult intelligence? As part of your essay, offer a complex definition or explanation of play, based on these readings.
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• Your own ideas and thinking are necessary and important, and you cannot pass this evaluation without them. However, you must base your essay on the information contained in this set of readings, and engage with the arguments contained in the set of readings. Do not give an account of your own life experience; do not use any outside readings (including from the internet); and do not rely on information from courses you have taken.