Man is only wholly a man when he is playing. What Schiller once believed is nowadays confirmed by neurological research: during play, people develop their potential, and experience the feeling of being alive. But play is currently threatened – not only by its commercialisation but also through addiction to online games. Neuroscientist Gerald Hüther and philosopher Christoph Quarch won’t let it rest there. They make an appeal to rediscover the significance of playing.
The authors explain why our brains perform best as soon as we begin to use them playfully, and why computer games are not suitable for developing our potential. They remind us of how ancient cultures thought highly of play and illustrate which games lend themselves to authentic encounters and vitality. This helps us not to lose our playful creativity in a world dominated by instrumental thought.