Animals at Play: ethology for kids shows that play is universal

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4 Responses to “Animals at Play: ethology for kids shows that play is universal”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I really love Marc Bekoff’s work, and am so excited to see him written about on BoingBoing! He’s a brilliant biologist who makes the case that better science requires respect for all animals. I don’t have kids, but I’ll be reading “Animals at Play” with them once I do! In the meantime, I’m excited to read his new book, “The Animal Manifesto,” out next month: http://www.amazon.com/Animal-Manifesto-Expanding-Compassion-Footprint/dp/1577316495

  2. Anonymous says:

    Another good book about play is, perhaps not surprisingly, titled “Play”, by Stuart Brown, M.D. Short, accessible, powerful examples, and a fun read.
    http://www.amazon.com/Play-Shapes-Brain-Imagination-Invigorates/dp/B002KAORUM/

  3. Anonymous says:

    Bekoff is always a great read. Like similar writers, he has clearly recognized that respecting animals means not seeing their bodies as things to slaughter and consume. Citing: “We need to stop having slaughterhouses, which really are weapons of mass destruction. In terms of the sheer numbers of animals who are abused we must reduce the quantity of pain in the world. We just need to stop eating animals.”

  4. wdfulton says:

    Anyone interested in play theory should read Johan Huizinga’s “Homo Ludens”, a fantastic examination of play’s central role in cultural development. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homo_Ludens_(book)

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