Once upon a time….

What do science and play have in common? Neuroscientist Beau Lotto thinks all people (kids included) can participate in science and, through the process of discovery, play helps to change perceptions. According to him, play is the evolutionary answer to (deal with) uncertainty.

Play is a process (or rather a way of being) that makes you:

  • Celebrate uncertainty (in stead of running away from it)
  • Adaptable to change
  • Open to possibility
  • Cooperative
  • Intrinsically motivated

These are as well the most important aspect of being a good scientist. So by using the process of play, you can get the state of mind you need to be for scientific research. By that, he concludes that everyone who can play, can be a good scientist. And perhaps a lot more. In this TED Talk Beau Lotto shows how teenage children wrote an influential publication throughout the process of play. It starts: “Once upon a time … ”

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