Spend More Time Thinking Like A Playful Kid

We need to spend more time and effort as adults trying to think like kids.

Erza Klein paraphrasing Alison Gopnik

What do an Octopus, Kids, Adults, Play, and artificial intelligence have in common? Carve out time for “Why Adults Lose the ‘Beginner’s Mind'” and learn the answers. Trust us, it’s all about play.

Crank up your brain and pay close attention — you don’t want to miss a moment of this energized conversation between Erza Klein of the New York Times and Alison Gopnik, Professor of Psychology and Philosophy at U.C. Berkley.

The podcast runs about an hour. If short on time start 20 minutes in. If reading the transcript is easier click here.

Credit: The Erza Klein Show Podcast – Why Adults Lose the ‘Beginner’s Mind’

Sticking with the theme of play and an eight-armed cephalopod have you seen “My Octopus Teacher?”

This enchanting exploration of the friendship between a documentary film maker and a wild playful Octopus dives into how one creature with divided brains can do things and learn things at the same time. As Craig Foster shares “You see play in social animals. Here’s a highly antisocial animal playing with fish. It takes an animal to a different level.”

Check out the trailer below or click on the credit to get right to Netflix.

Credit: My Octopus Teacher – Netflix

Finally, had enough of “My Octopus Teacher” and Craig Fosters’ mildly pretentious narration? Tune into “My Kreepy Octopus Teacher” for some clever silly play.

Sometimes humor gets lost across cultures but this parody by a South African about a South African hits the mark. Who knew the thing that cleans the pool is apparently called a creepy in South Africa? It’s the little things.

Credit: Written and Directed by Glen Biderman-Pam

Ok enough Octopus play for one day. Bye Bye!

Published by practiceplayfulness

Life without play and a playful outlook is life without living. PLAYFULNESS is critical for adults and takes practice.

2 thoughts on “Spend More Time Thinking Like A Playful Kid

  1. Another winner Jeanne! Congrats! I remember some one of my art professors relaying a quote by Picasso. Something like, “I have spent a lifetime trying to draw as I did when I was a child”. I think ‘letting go’ just gets harder and harder as we age. Your newsletter is a friendly reminder to enjoy life!! Hugs

    Sent from my iPhone



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