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ERIC Number: EJ1172952
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0033-6297
Human Evolution, Movement, and Intelligence: Why Playing Games Counts as Smart
Kretchmar, R. Scott
Quest, v70 n1 p1-11 2018
The article investigates several ways in which creating, entering, and playing games requires uniquely human levels of intelligence. It examines an element of our evolutionary heritage and the possibility that games (particularly in the form of sport) were among the first elements of culture. It describes sport as a "way of knowing," a species of intellection that permeates expertise in all domains of human behavior. Finally, it evaluates the credentials of sport as a form of communication, a way of seeking and sharing meaning, a method by which we tell our stories. This portrayal shows how and why sporting acts transcend animal play, mechanical movements, habitual behavior, and any prudential rationale related to self-preservation, health, and fitness. In short, it explains why playing games counts as smart.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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