Have you watched a child at play? Small hands carefully pile blocks one upon another, tongue tip protruding between clenched teeth, lost totally, concentrating. Children know how to take play seriously. Often people feel that play, fun, and aesthetic experience should not be analyzed too deeply; by dissecting them, subjecting them to formal reasoning, even just talking about them, they are somehow diminished. There can be a playfulness and a pleasure in understanding the patternings of experience, but for most this is different from being in the "flow" of that experience. Many feel a sense that trying to uncover…
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