Play, Learning and Intelligence

Play is Learning with Joseph Chilton Pearce

Play is Learning is one of the best introductions to Joseph Chilton Pearce, one that embodies a number of his fundamental themes: ages and stages of development, the model imperative, the difference between real learning and conditioning (the behavior modification and training we call schooling) and how authentic play represents natures design for optimum learning and performance, at any age, meeting any challenge.

Imagination & Play with Joseph Chilton Pearce

It was Einstein who said that imagination was more important than knowledge. He understood that our greatest discoveries and most profound works of art have come to us through imagination and play. Far from being idle day dreaming, the fantasies of childhood, build the foundation for all higher learning.

Original Play with O. Fred Donaldson

Fred coined the term “original play” to describe his 50 years of direct experience and research with children and wild animals. His playmates include special needs children, gang members and street and refugee kids, prison inmates, cancer patients, dolphins, whales, lions, grizzly bears, wolves, baboons, and butterflies. He travels extensively but spends much of his year in Sweden, the United States, Poland, and South Africa. Recent travels include the Czech Republic, Namibia, Brazil, Singapore, Bali, Lebanon, and Bahrain.

Play Deprivation with Stuart Brown

What is shared by mass murderers, felony drunk drivers, starving children, head banging laboratory animals, anxious overworked students and all reptiles?…They don't play. What do most Nobel Laureates, historically renowned creative artists, successful multi-career entrepreneurs and animals of superior intelligence have in common?… They are full of play throughout their lives. Studies of violent antisocial men (murderers, drunken drivers) revealed major play deprivation. Play seems necessary as an antidote to the development of violent tendencies. Where does play fit into the big scheme of things? The smarter, more flexible and adaptive the creature, the more they play.

The State of Play Science with Stuart Brown

A ground breaking survey of the latest neuroscience documenting the fundamental need and benefits of positive affect states, that is, what every child knows as PLAY. For the first time we have gathered the scientific, brain based evidence that parents, teachers and child care professionals have needed to counter the elimination of play from tens of thousands of schools across the country.

Play, the Brain and Brain Development with Jaak Pansksepp

Jaak was Emeritus Professor of the Department of Psychology at Bowling Green State University. He coined the term 'affective neuroscience', the name for the field that studies the neural mechanisms of emotion. "We finally got a handle on the nature of psychological pain. What would it be? The answer was playfulness. There was not yet a science to play. We decided to go with a good ole laboratory rat and we said well how do you get them to play in front of you? The answer seemed pretty obvious. You make them hungry for play."

The Fundamental Nature of Emotional Feelings with Jaak Panksepp

We said well there must be something fundamental about the social principal that is in the arena of joy. What would it be? In 1965 there was no conversation about the nature of emotions, certainly not in the sense of understanding affective feelings deeply at the neuroscience level. Panksepp gradually started developing the field, which is now called Affective Neuroscience, that has a lot of implications for understanding ourselves as creatures of the world and what we share with the other creatures. The goal is to gain a fundamental understanding of the nature of emotions and feelings.

Athletics and the Intelligence of Play

This 'must see' program is not about golf. It is about lifelong learning, giving complete attention, creativity, love of the experience, personal growth and optimum performance. Athletics & the Intelligence of Play represents a powerful tool to reach 200 million parents, coaches and young players. Featuring the personal experiences of top athletes, the pilot video Golf & The Intelligence of Play helps adults and children develop optimal learning relationships in any field, at any age It brings out the very best in any player and return love of the game back to athletics.

Story Telling


This three-part story was written to stimulate a child’s imagination with rich, enchanting descriptive language. Something magical happens when children listen. One child’s mother wrote us and shared how they had worn the audio cassette tape. Another child, age eight, wrote sharing how much the stories meant to her and if I write others, please send them along. Recently a grandmother wrote wanting to share these stories, that she loved as a child, with her grandchildren. Listen and you will see.