This is Play

@article{Nachmanovitch2009ThisIP,
  title={This is Play},
  author={Stephen Nachmanovitch},
  journal={New Literary History},
  year={2009},
  volume={40},
  pages={1 - 24}
}
Context is everything. Playing, exploring, artmaking, religion, literature, are not activities but contexts. Play is the way we encounter the multilayered nature of communication in humans and animals, in art forms and nature. Living beings learn to say as-if and sort-of; playing with these messages is the starting place of creativity, and one of the great primal life functions. Without play, learning and evolution are impossible. In the 1950s, Gregory Bateson elucidated how all this works and… 
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