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RADICAL ANIMAL
At London Futures
PAT KANE,
THEPLAYETHIC.COM
Lecture plan
■ The creative/innovative imperative
■ The critique of the creative/innovative imperative
■ Beyond critical theory – towards a politics of
human nature
■ Play as the deep and evolved foundation of
creativity
■ The societal "grounds of play"
■ The playground has (planetary) limits
■ We radical animals
The Creative/Innovative
Imperative
The Creative/Innovative Imperative
18 items. 10 food (3 main course, dessert 2. 5 are snacks - 3 of those are healthy snacks/ Oscar Meyer: “It’s
not snack food. It’s real food to snack on” Skinny Pop Popcorn “We believe in snacking without compromise”.
Many of them associated with countries - Bai is Mandarin for “pure”, there’s Italian ice-creams and main
courses, Greek yoghurts, The rest are animal care, domestic products, medication, cosmetics.
The Creative/Innovative
Imperative
• Creativity (ie originality)
• Co-creation (inviting consumer to
contribute to the campaign)
• Breaking rules and taboos of the
category (often being "naughty")
• Association with a motivating or
provocative social cause that adds a
new dimension to the brand
• Unexpected juxtapositions of idea and
medium (seeing ads in unusual
contexts)
• Unexpected use of celebrities (in a way
that is surprising)
• Extreme humour
Creativity/innovation yes…
but in service of what, other
than bottom line of a brand?
Lecture plan
■ The creative/innovative imperative
■ The critique of the creative/innovative
imperative
■ Beyond critical theory – towards a politics of
human nature
■ Play as the deep and evolved foundation of
creativity
■ The societal "grounds of play"
■ The playground has (planetary) limits
■ We radical animals
The critique of the creative/innovative
imperativeCore critique of these books (also sent through Twitter!)
The rise of idea of “creativity” & “innovation” as a guide
for your life and career…
…complements perfectly a life under the current form of
neo-liberal capitalism...
...because neo-liberalism urges us to constantly
control, govern and discipline ourselves, for peak
market performance...
...& creativity/innovation, as an identity, makes us love
& embrace that process deeply – calling it craft,
The critique of the creative/innovative
imperative
A life of creativity/innovation also comes along with an
embrace of precarity and instability…
...a disdain for the any kind of career path through an
organisation or occupation...
...throwing one’s self into the ”gig economy” – where
you are freer to join and leave ”projects”...
... but have no back-up in terms of sick pay, paid
holidays, employee rights, etc. “What does a union
even mean to me?”
The critique of the creative/innovative
imperativeNot just ”creatives” who experience precarious
working lives... But they are in the vanguard
of pushing big-picture, systemic responses to
flexible, multi-purpose lives...
Ideas are not necessarily new (Tom Paine?
William Morris? Andre Gorz?)
• Universal basic income or citizen’s income
• Shorter working weeks
• Prioritising zero-marginal cost production
...All being trialled now in Europe, US. Will
they catch on/be successful? There’s the
problem...
Lecture plan
■ The creative/innovative imperative
■ The critique of the creative/innovative imperative
■ Beyond critical theory – towards a politics of
human nature
■ Play as the deep and evolved foundation of
creativity
■ The societal "grounds of play"
■ The playground has (planetary) limits
■ We radical animals
Beyond critical theory – towards a politics
of human nature
Can we “critique” and ”demystify”
our way out of this one (we can
try…)
Alan Finlayson: not “What Is To Be
Done?” but ”What IS this? What Is
HERE?”
Cognitive-rational address not
enough
Need to go directly to emotional
Beyond critical theory – towards a politics
of human nature
Post-Brexit, it’s politically important to find a
new popular discourse around
creativity/innovation…
In danger of becoming a very damaging
polarisation between
- Flexible, urban/city, cosmopolitan,
capacious - creative
- Inflexible, suburban/town, monocultural,
recalcitrant – routinized
Need some new accounts of SHARED,
COMMON human nature – that have
Lecture plan
■ The creative/innovative imperative
■ The critique of the creative/innovative imperative
■ Beyond critical theory – towards a politics of
human nature
■ Play as the deep and evolved foundation of
creativity
■ The societal "grounds of play"
■ The playground has (planetary) limits
■ We radical animals
Play as the deep and evolved foundation of
creativity: primary emotions
Antonio Damasio (plus Trust/Anticipation,
Ekman)
•Adequate nutrition, air, water and shelter from the elements
•Safety and security
•Emotional connection
•Fun, friendship and intimacy
•A sense of belonging to a wider community
•A measure of control and autonomy
•Attention (to give and receive)
•Status in life (which comes from having stretched ourselves
and achieved things)
•Meaning and purpose
The
”Human
Givens”
Model
- see
Tyrell
and
Griffin
Play as the deep and evolved
foundation of creativity
Jaak Panksepp
- ”Archaeolog
y of Mind”
- Opiates,
areas
stimulated –
produce
same effects
in the
mammal
brain
Play as the deep and evolved
foundation of creativity
Bateson and Martin:
- Play is “fun” – spontaneous and
intrinsically rewarding
- Players are protected from normal
consequences of serious behaviour
- Play generates novelty (role play, new
combinations)
- Play looks different to normal behaviour
- Play indicates well-being (only happens
when organism is free from illness or
stress)
Play as the deep and evolved
foundation of creativity
Bateson and Martin:
Identify playful play & playfulness as the
mood state that’s most optimum for
creativity (some play can of course slide
into aggression, powergames)
Mood state: cheerful, frisky, frolicsome,
good-natured, joyous, merry, rollicking
spirited, sprightly and vivacious…
Play as the deep and evolved
foundation of creativity
Bateson and Martin:
Playful play contributes most to creativity
–
creativity defined as the generation of
novel actions and ideas, by recombining
elements in new ways, or apply them to to
new situations.
NOT the same as innovation – which
winnows out new ideas, and takes on the
hard work of successfully implementing
Play as the deep and evolved foundation
of creativity
PLAY/CREATIVITY/JOY IS
BEGINNING TO FIND ITS
SECURE PLACE IN THE
SOLIDIFYING MAPS OF
EVOLVED HUMAN NATURE
AND BEHAVIOUR (FROM
AFFECTIVE
NEUROSCIENCE & OTHER
AREAS)
WE NEED TO PLAY AND
CREATE – OTHERWISE, WE
Play as the deep and evolved foundation
of creativity (Nudge is not enough…)
“Think of Mr. Spock of Star Trek fame as
someone whose Reflective System is always
in control … In contrast, Homer Simpson
seems to have forgotten where he put his
Reflective System” (driven by his “instinctive
Automatic System”) [from Nudge,
…whereas Lisa – imaginative, idealistic,
enthusiastic, expressive, - engages her
WHOLE system, through play/art/activism
Lecture plan
■ The creative/innovative imperative
■ The critique of the creative/innovative imperative
■ Beyond critical theory – towards a politics of
human nature
■ Play as the deep and evolved foundation of
creativity
■ The societal "grounds of play"
■ The playground has (planetary) limits
■ We radical animals
The societal "grounds of
play"What kind of society does the
findings of affective neuroscience,
or neuroscience-informed
psychotherapy and psychology,
suggest?
One in which primary, evolved
emotions and drives are given
their rich and complex due…
...which is different from them
being manipulated (truth doesn’t
come into it)
The societal "grounds of
play"You can’t answer the play-drive in
isolation (with Arts! Free time! Basic
income!)
-- And expect it to redress and fix
maltreatment of the rest of the
drives…
Panksepp’s (crude) model of primary
drives is still a symphony– care but
also rage, panic/fear but also
seeking/lust..
“Out of the crooked timber of
The societal "grounds of
play"But if we give all the
other drives their
evolutionary due,
then we must value
play for what it is---
-—Which is a zone
of time and space,
where we can
lightly handle and
toy with the heavy
imperatives of
human existence…
....In order to refine our responses better, or seek
out new niches when current options have closed
down.
The societal "grounds of
play"VALUE THE ONES WE KNOW:
• Education at all levels, 3-to-7
play-based kindergarten
• An open web supporting mass
self-expression
• Festivals and carnivals – zones
and grounds (like this one!) where
people come together to enjoy
boundaries blurring, challenges
• The arts and cultural sectors and
their subsidies
• Primary science – Andre Geim,
Hawking, etc – and its subsidy
The societal "grounds of
play"CREATE NEW PLAYZONES:
• Argue for an open, common,
expressive dimension in every new
tech platform – particularly in AR and
VR
• Playzones alongside Carezones –
what new combinations of security
and risk can we imagine in society?
In welfare, housing,
making/enterprise?
• How could our vast archive of
creative techniques be brought to
bear on our broken politics? New
Lecture plan
■ The creative/innovative imperative
■ The critique of the creative/innovative imperative
■ Beyond critical theory – towards a politics of
human nature
■ Play as the deep and evolved foundation of
creativity
■ The societal "grounds of play"
■ The playground has (planetary) limits
■ We radical animals
The playground has (planetary) limits
Can we make better choices with our innate ingenuity, love of novelty,
colour and form, endlessly ramifying appetites, vast systemic
PLAY-ETHICS IN A WORLD OF ECOLOGICAL CRISIS ARE NOT
EASY.... TAKE STUART BRAND
IN 60'S/70's BRAND EASILY
FUSED DEVELOPMENTAL,
HEALTHY, NATURAL PLAY
(MERRY PRANKSTERS, NEW
GAMES MOVEMENT,
COMMUNAL LIVING)...
....WITH TECHNOLOGICAL,
ABSTRACT, UNNATURAL
PLAY (COMPUTERS & NETS,
ARCHITECTURE/URBANISM, ALT.
ENERGY, BUSINESS
CONSULTANCY)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTAuLsJDyWI
LSD?
The playground has (planetary) limits
STUART BRAND
1968 WHOLE EARTH
CATALOG: “WE ARE AS
GODS AND WE MIGHT AS
WELL GET GOOD AT IT”
(DIY, SMALL-IS-BEAUTIFUL,
SOFT TECHNOLOGY)
2009 WHOLE EARTH
DISCIPLINE: “WE ARE
AS GODS AND WE
MUST GET GOOD AT IT”
(NUCLEAR POWER,
GENE-TECH, TERRA-
FORMING)IS HE NOW RIGHT? WRONG?
BUT RECONCILING NATURAL AND UNNATURAL PLAY OF HUMANITY
IS VERY DIFFICULT...
NATURAL AND UNNATURAL PLAY
COME
TOGETHER IN ONE SLOGAN...
'Human activities increasingly dominate 9 crucial planetary systems. Add to the familiar ones---
climate, biodiversity, and chemical pollution---atmospheric aerosols, ocean acidification,
excess nitrogen in agriculture, too much land in agriculture, freshwater scarcity, and
ozone depletion. To have "a safe operating space for humanity" on Earth requires adjusting
our behavior to work within those systems. How we collectively step up to that responsibility will
determine whether "the Anthropocene" (the current geological era shaped by humans) will be a
tragedy or humanity's greatest accomplishment.”
… BUT LYNAS' INNOVATION PLAYGROUND IS SECURED BY PRO-NUKES,
PRO-GEO-ENGINEERING, PRO-”PROSPERITY”-AS-MATERIAL-ACCUMULATION
HEROIC, “RATIONALIST”, INDIVIDUALIST, GREEN-BAITING DISCOURSE
The playground has (planetary) limits
BELIEVES THAT WITH OUR WEB
AND “NOOSPHERE” OF
INFORMATION-PLUS-COMMUNITY-
PARTICIPATION, WE HAVE THE
POSSIBILITY OF “GIVING GAIA ITS
MOMENT OF META-AWARE SELF-
CONSCIOUSNESS” - OF BEING
GAIAS BRAIN...
BUT FLANNERY IS POST-
INDIVIDUALIST – WE ARE “GREEDY
APES”, TOO WEAK TO BE HUNTER-
GATHERERS, NEEDING OUR SOCIAL
CODES (AND DIVISIONS OF
LABOUR) TO GET ANYTHING
WORTHWHILE DONE – JUMPED-UP
SUPERORGANISMS WHO HAVE TO
ATTAIN A MODICUM OF PLANETARY
ETHICS...
The playground has (planetary) limits
Lecture plan
■ The creative/innovative imperative
■ The critique of the creative/innovative imperative
■ Beyond critical theory – towards a politics of
human nature
■ Play as the deep and evolved foundation of
creativity
■ The societal "grounds of play"
■ The playground has (planetary) limits
■ We radical animals
We “radical animals”
Even Harari’s view of all life driven by
algorithms, where machine intelligence
outstrips our own…
...stumbles at the door of consciousness.
“My test for whether something is real:
Does it suffer?”
Yet we are also the animal that can
percieive our own limitations – and then
play with those limits...
We “radical animals”
It might be fruitful to explore the
crossover between:
Play – a zone for safely exploring
all possibilities
Mindfulness/non-reactivity – a
way to use consciousness to
observe our evolved mechanisms
Though someone might have
gotten there first…
Question:
How does play, creativity and
innovation relate? Where does
spontaneity end, and control
begin?
Question:
If we understood the
evolutionary role of play better,
how might we change our
societies, economies and
ourselves?
Question:
How radical can play be? If
play means ALL possibilities
can be lightly considered, what
horrors as well as delights
may ensue?
RADICAL ANIMAL
At London Futures
PAT KANE,
THEPLAYETHIC.COM

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Radical Animal - presentation to london futures

  • 1. RADICAL ANIMAL At London Futures PAT KANE, THEPLAYETHIC.COM
  • 2. Lecture plan ■ The creative/innovative imperative ■ The critique of the creative/innovative imperative ■ Beyond critical theory – towards a politics of human nature ■ Play as the deep and evolved foundation of creativity ■ The societal "grounds of play" ■ The playground has (planetary) limits ■ We radical animals
  • 4. The Creative/Innovative Imperative 18 items. 10 food (3 main course, dessert 2. 5 are snacks - 3 of those are healthy snacks/ Oscar Meyer: “It’s not snack food. It’s real food to snack on” Skinny Pop Popcorn “We believe in snacking without compromise”. Many of them associated with countries - Bai is Mandarin for “pure”, there’s Italian ice-creams and main courses, Greek yoghurts, The rest are animal care, domestic products, medication, cosmetics.
  • 5. The Creative/Innovative Imperative • Creativity (ie originality) • Co-creation (inviting consumer to contribute to the campaign) • Breaking rules and taboos of the category (often being "naughty") • Association with a motivating or provocative social cause that adds a new dimension to the brand • Unexpected juxtapositions of idea and medium (seeing ads in unusual contexts) • Unexpected use of celebrities (in a way that is surprising) • Extreme humour
  • 6. Creativity/innovation yes… but in service of what, other than bottom line of a brand?
  • 7. Lecture plan ■ The creative/innovative imperative ■ The critique of the creative/innovative imperative ■ Beyond critical theory – towards a politics of human nature ■ Play as the deep and evolved foundation of creativity ■ The societal "grounds of play" ■ The playground has (planetary) limits ■ We radical animals
  • 8. The critique of the creative/innovative imperativeCore critique of these books (also sent through Twitter!) The rise of idea of “creativity” & “innovation” as a guide for your life and career… …complements perfectly a life under the current form of neo-liberal capitalism... ...because neo-liberalism urges us to constantly control, govern and discipline ourselves, for peak market performance... ...& creativity/innovation, as an identity, makes us love & embrace that process deeply – calling it craft,
  • 9. The critique of the creative/innovative imperative A life of creativity/innovation also comes along with an embrace of precarity and instability… ...a disdain for the any kind of career path through an organisation or occupation... ...throwing one’s self into the ”gig economy” – where you are freer to join and leave ”projects”... ... but have no back-up in terms of sick pay, paid holidays, employee rights, etc. “What does a union even mean to me?”
  • 10. The critique of the creative/innovative imperativeNot just ”creatives” who experience precarious working lives... But they are in the vanguard of pushing big-picture, systemic responses to flexible, multi-purpose lives... Ideas are not necessarily new (Tom Paine? William Morris? Andre Gorz?) • Universal basic income or citizen’s income • Shorter working weeks • Prioritising zero-marginal cost production ...All being trialled now in Europe, US. Will they catch on/be successful? There’s the problem...
  • 11. Lecture plan ■ The creative/innovative imperative ■ The critique of the creative/innovative imperative ■ Beyond critical theory – towards a politics of human nature ■ Play as the deep and evolved foundation of creativity ■ The societal "grounds of play" ■ The playground has (planetary) limits ■ We radical animals
  • 12. Beyond critical theory – towards a politics of human nature Can we “critique” and ”demystify” our way out of this one (we can try…) Alan Finlayson: not “What Is To Be Done?” but ”What IS this? What Is HERE?” Cognitive-rational address not enough Need to go directly to emotional
  • 13. Beyond critical theory – towards a politics of human nature Post-Brexit, it’s politically important to find a new popular discourse around creativity/innovation… In danger of becoming a very damaging polarisation between - Flexible, urban/city, cosmopolitan, capacious - creative - Inflexible, suburban/town, monocultural, recalcitrant – routinized Need some new accounts of SHARED, COMMON human nature – that have
  • 14. Lecture plan ■ The creative/innovative imperative ■ The critique of the creative/innovative imperative ■ Beyond critical theory – towards a politics of human nature ■ Play as the deep and evolved foundation of creativity ■ The societal "grounds of play" ■ The playground has (planetary) limits ■ We radical animals
  • 15. Play as the deep and evolved foundation of creativity: primary emotions Antonio Damasio (plus Trust/Anticipation, Ekman) •Adequate nutrition, air, water and shelter from the elements •Safety and security •Emotional connection •Fun, friendship and intimacy •A sense of belonging to a wider community •A measure of control and autonomy •Attention (to give and receive) •Status in life (which comes from having stretched ourselves and achieved things) •Meaning and purpose The ”Human Givens” Model - see Tyrell and Griffin
  • 16. Play as the deep and evolved foundation of creativity Jaak Panksepp - ”Archaeolog y of Mind” - Opiates, areas stimulated – produce same effects in the mammal brain
  • 17. Play as the deep and evolved foundation of creativity Bateson and Martin: - Play is “fun” – spontaneous and intrinsically rewarding - Players are protected from normal consequences of serious behaviour - Play generates novelty (role play, new combinations) - Play looks different to normal behaviour - Play indicates well-being (only happens when organism is free from illness or stress)
  • 18. Play as the deep and evolved foundation of creativity Bateson and Martin: Identify playful play & playfulness as the mood state that’s most optimum for creativity (some play can of course slide into aggression, powergames) Mood state: cheerful, frisky, frolicsome, good-natured, joyous, merry, rollicking spirited, sprightly and vivacious…
  • 19. Play as the deep and evolved foundation of creativity Bateson and Martin: Playful play contributes most to creativity – creativity defined as the generation of novel actions and ideas, by recombining elements in new ways, or apply them to to new situations. NOT the same as innovation – which winnows out new ideas, and takes on the hard work of successfully implementing
  • 20. Play as the deep and evolved foundation of creativity PLAY/CREATIVITY/JOY IS BEGINNING TO FIND ITS SECURE PLACE IN THE SOLIDIFYING MAPS OF EVOLVED HUMAN NATURE AND BEHAVIOUR (FROM AFFECTIVE NEUROSCIENCE & OTHER AREAS) WE NEED TO PLAY AND CREATE – OTHERWISE, WE
  • 21. Play as the deep and evolved foundation of creativity (Nudge is not enough…) “Think of Mr. Spock of Star Trek fame as someone whose Reflective System is always in control … In contrast, Homer Simpson seems to have forgotten where he put his Reflective System” (driven by his “instinctive Automatic System”) [from Nudge, …whereas Lisa – imaginative, idealistic, enthusiastic, expressive, - engages her WHOLE system, through play/art/activism
  • 22. Lecture plan ■ The creative/innovative imperative ■ The critique of the creative/innovative imperative ■ Beyond critical theory – towards a politics of human nature ■ Play as the deep and evolved foundation of creativity ■ The societal "grounds of play" ■ The playground has (planetary) limits ■ We radical animals
  • 23. The societal "grounds of play"What kind of society does the findings of affective neuroscience, or neuroscience-informed psychotherapy and psychology, suggest? One in which primary, evolved emotions and drives are given their rich and complex due… ...which is different from them being manipulated (truth doesn’t come into it)
  • 24. The societal "grounds of play"You can’t answer the play-drive in isolation (with Arts! Free time! Basic income!) -- And expect it to redress and fix maltreatment of the rest of the drives… Panksepp’s (crude) model of primary drives is still a symphony– care but also rage, panic/fear but also seeking/lust.. “Out of the crooked timber of
  • 25. The societal "grounds of play"But if we give all the other drives their evolutionary due, then we must value play for what it is--- -—Which is a zone of time and space, where we can lightly handle and toy with the heavy imperatives of human existence… ....In order to refine our responses better, or seek out new niches when current options have closed down.
  • 26. The societal "grounds of play"VALUE THE ONES WE KNOW: • Education at all levels, 3-to-7 play-based kindergarten • An open web supporting mass self-expression • Festivals and carnivals – zones and grounds (like this one!) where people come together to enjoy boundaries blurring, challenges • The arts and cultural sectors and their subsidies • Primary science – Andre Geim, Hawking, etc – and its subsidy
  • 27. The societal "grounds of play"CREATE NEW PLAYZONES: • Argue for an open, common, expressive dimension in every new tech platform – particularly in AR and VR • Playzones alongside Carezones – what new combinations of security and risk can we imagine in society? In welfare, housing, making/enterprise? • How could our vast archive of creative techniques be brought to bear on our broken politics? New
  • 28. Lecture plan ■ The creative/innovative imperative ■ The critique of the creative/innovative imperative ■ Beyond critical theory – towards a politics of human nature ■ Play as the deep and evolved foundation of creativity ■ The societal "grounds of play" ■ The playground has (planetary) limits ■ We radical animals
  • 29. The playground has (planetary) limits Can we make better choices with our innate ingenuity, love of novelty, colour and form, endlessly ramifying appetites, vast systemic
  • 30. PLAY-ETHICS IN A WORLD OF ECOLOGICAL CRISIS ARE NOT EASY.... TAKE STUART BRAND IN 60'S/70's BRAND EASILY FUSED DEVELOPMENTAL, HEALTHY, NATURAL PLAY (MERRY PRANKSTERS, NEW GAMES MOVEMENT, COMMUNAL LIVING)... ....WITH TECHNOLOGICAL, ABSTRACT, UNNATURAL PLAY (COMPUTERS & NETS, ARCHITECTURE/URBANISM, ALT. ENERGY, BUSINESS CONSULTANCY) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTAuLsJDyWI LSD? The playground has (planetary) limits
  • 31. STUART BRAND 1968 WHOLE EARTH CATALOG: “WE ARE AS GODS AND WE MIGHT AS WELL GET GOOD AT IT” (DIY, SMALL-IS-BEAUTIFUL, SOFT TECHNOLOGY) 2009 WHOLE EARTH DISCIPLINE: “WE ARE AS GODS AND WE MUST GET GOOD AT IT” (NUCLEAR POWER, GENE-TECH, TERRA- FORMING)IS HE NOW RIGHT? WRONG? BUT RECONCILING NATURAL AND UNNATURAL PLAY OF HUMANITY IS VERY DIFFICULT... NATURAL AND UNNATURAL PLAY COME TOGETHER IN ONE SLOGAN...
  • 32. 'Human activities increasingly dominate 9 crucial planetary systems. Add to the familiar ones--- climate, biodiversity, and chemical pollution---atmospheric aerosols, ocean acidification, excess nitrogen in agriculture, too much land in agriculture, freshwater scarcity, and ozone depletion. To have "a safe operating space for humanity" on Earth requires adjusting our behavior to work within those systems. How we collectively step up to that responsibility will determine whether "the Anthropocene" (the current geological era shaped by humans) will be a tragedy or humanity's greatest accomplishment.” … BUT LYNAS' INNOVATION PLAYGROUND IS SECURED BY PRO-NUKES, PRO-GEO-ENGINEERING, PRO-”PROSPERITY”-AS-MATERIAL-ACCUMULATION HEROIC, “RATIONALIST”, INDIVIDUALIST, GREEN-BAITING DISCOURSE The playground has (planetary) limits
  • 33. BELIEVES THAT WITH OUR WEB AND “NOOSPHERE” OF INFORMATION-PLUS-COMMUNITY- PARTICIPATION, WE HAVE THE POSSIBILITY OF “GIVING GAIA ITS MOMENT OF META-AWARE SELF- CONSCIOUSNESS” - OF BEING GAIAS BRAIN... BUT FLANNERY IS POST- INDIVIDUALIST – WE ARE “GREEDY APES”, TOO WEAK TO BE HUNTER- GATHERERS, NEEDING OUR SOCIAL CODES (AND DIVISIONS OF LABOUR) TO GET ANYTHING WORTHWHILE DONE – JUMPED-UP SUPERORGANISMS WHO HAVE TO ATTAIN A MODICUM OF PLANETARY ETHICS... The playground has (planetary) limits
  • 34. Lecture plan ■ The creative/innovative imperative ■ The critique of the creative/innovative imperative ■ Beyond critical theory – towards a politics of human nature ■ Play as the deep and evolved foundation of creativity ■ The societal "grounds of play" ■ The playground has (planetary) limits ■ We radical animals
  • 35. We “radical animals” Even Harari’s view of all life driven by algorithms, where machine intelligence outstrips our own… ...stumbles at the door of consciousness. “My test for whether something is real: Does it suffer?” Yet we are also the animal that can percieive our own limitations – and then play with those limits...
  • 36. We “radical animals” It might be fruitful to explore the crossover between: Play – a zone for safely exploring all possibilities Mindfulness/non-reactivity – a way to use consciousness to observe our evolved mechanisms Though someone might have gotten there first…
  • 37. Question: How does play, creativity and innovation relate? Where does spontaneity end, and control begin?
  • 38. Question: If we understood the evolutionary role of play better, how might we change our societies, economies and ourselves?
  • 39. Question: How radical can play be? If play means ALL possibilities can be lightly considered, what horrors as well as delights may ensue?
  • 40. RADICAL ANIMAL At London Futures PAT KANE, THEPLAYETHIC.COM