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They say, "It doesn't pay to play?". Is this true?

Asked by ETpro (34217 points ) October 19th, 2012

Consider neuroscientist, Beau Lotto’s TED Talk and the amazing case of the the Blackawton Bee Project. Isn’t play the fundamental human thought system that leads to new ways of seeing what we might overlook if we insisted on cramming new experiences into familiar patterns?

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Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Bloody hell, isn’t TED amazing? Yes, obviously it does pay to play. However, when the guy was wearing the helmet, I was wondering if the results, when his eyes were opened, would be any different if he were a sighted person living from his ears such as a classically trained musician who began at a very young age, like 4 or 5? Would his eyes still dominate his perception of the direction of sound? Anyway, thanks again ET. You always show up with amazing things. I’m now going to find the Blackawton Bees paper and read the whole experiment.

Here is the complete experiment PDF, crayon graphics and all.

wundayatta's avatar

And I just put a link to a John Cleese talk about creativity and play on a recent question.

I’m not sure who doesn’t think it pays to play, but if it doesn’t, all I have to say is that pay ain’t the only thing worth playing for in this world.

ETpro's avatar

@Espiritus_Corvus What a kick this project must have been for the class that actual class of kids doing it. Thanks for posting the link to the link to the actual experiment.

@wundayatta Amen to that. John Cleese is a perfect example of someone who looks ordinary, but whose sense of humor and pathos make him anything but ordinary.

augustlan's avatar

Play or not, it definitely pays to question your own perceptions. Awesome TED talk!

ETpro's avatar

@augustlan Thanks. I thought so too.

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