Cool Idea

February 16, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Category: Art, Auto-Biography, Play

I’m starting to get an idea for a book.  It began when I noticed how many of the metaphors I use are related to toys and play.  Noting that toys seem to often elegantly portray biological processes, I’m considering using a different toy to guide a different chapter.  The book would be called something like “The Play of Evolution.” Maybe, “Playing With Evolution.”  The subtitle might be “Beyond the Abyss of Reductionism,” with the Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt comic as the cover of the book.

The chapter breakdown would emphasize the several human evolution themes of this website:  biology, society, transition from biology to society, neuropsychology, anthropology, evolutionary biology, psychology, autism, spirituality/language/unconscious, story and myth, society and teleology, society and political activism, medical implications of the theory, creative process and contemporary social shifts.  There is lots of overlap between sections.

My mother worked in a toy shop during Christmastime when was I was growing up.  I was employed there for a year when I was 16.  My wife Marcia owned and ran a toy store for 22 years.  That is where I met her.  Toys have perhaps fascinated me more as an adult than when I was a child.  In college, my room was filled with the toys that interested me.  My winter coat pockets are filled with unique toys from many places.

Toys that seem evocative and/or metaphoric for the particular chapter concentrations of the book include the Slinky, Rubik’s Cube, Chutes and Ladders, the Eight Ball, Hula Hoop, Tinker Toys, Erector Set, geodesic toys, dress up, dice, playground devices (teeter totter, swings, merry-go-round), invisible man and woman, magic tricks and chemistry sets.

This is going to be fun.


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