Play, Play, Play

            In the article Beyond Play a New Approach to Games by Thomas M. Malaby talked about how play can be very addictive. He discusses how people have difficulty trying to distinguish between reality of the real world and the virtual reality of play. Through he suggests that individuals become confused and disoriented when they are trying to fine the truth.  This probably can have an effect on a person’s mental well-being because they become so consumed by play. Also, one’s love for playing games whether it by video games can possibly take over a person’s body in different ways. First, a person might feel angry if someone tries to stop an individual from playing the game to much. Second, some people might feel anxious or confused because they have probably lost their sense of responsibility in the real world. This probably could have a direct impact on their personal lives because an individual might feel family members and friends are not important. This could also have an effect on one’s career because they might lose their job over playing games. It could also hurt them financially their money would be spent on play. This then could lead to serious problems whereby the individuals cannot often comprehend their issue.

            The Malaby talks about how the issue of play has limitations and is not easy understood. He also talks about how the concept of games becomes a habit that has serious harmful effects on people who indulge in this activity. He also talked about how scholars in the social sciences have taken on this issue by trying to find out why people have become attach to gaming. He argues that “the issue of play and its limitations as a metacategory for games merits further comment because at root here is a conceptual habit that has become pernicious not only in scholarship on games but in the social sciences more broadly and in more popular treatments of games currently exploding in number” (Malaby,3). This shows how the issue of play has a direct impact on society and individuals in that environment. Also, those games have become a pernicious habit that it destroys people’s lives and sense of self. Through this, scholars from various disciplines are trying to find a solution which could possibly help people cope.

 

            The work of anthropologists in has contributed to the study of play. He talked about how anthropologists in the 1970s had difficulty to clearly distinguish between play and reality. He argues that “ when anthropologists attempted to study play in the 1970s it was clear from the outset that there were problems with seeing play as a form of activity that is separable from the everyday” (Malaby, 3). He continues to mention that “A number of human societies simply did not make a distinction work and play even when pressed by researchers” ( Malaby 3).  This is important because as a society we find it hard to separate play and reality in our everyday lives. Also, that play in the urban space is often interconnected with reality and how we view our given lives. This could probably relate to how researchers had difficulty in separating the two activities. In sum, I feel as a society we need to try to find a solution to help those with this habit.

 

 

Works Cited

Malaby, M. Thomas. Beyond Play A New Approach to Games. University of Misconsin Milwaukee: Sage Publications 2007.

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Yoga for the Senses

Yoga for the Senses

            The practice of yoga in Australia has a profound meaning on individuals involved in this exercise. Some believe that through the movement of one’s body they have the possibility of experiencing inner peace. Through this people believe that they can find harmony, flexibility, balance and sense of self. Through this yoga participants feel that they are connecting themselves with the traditional practice which has been established for many years. This tradition has engaged people to become in tune with their bodies and feelings in such a way that they are able to communicate effectively with others in their environment. It also has taught people to appreciate their bodies and each other. Asha Persson mentions that the practice of yoga stimulates the senses and a sense of space. She argues that “particularly noteworthy is the attaining first seemingly paradoxical trajectory in Satyanada yoga practice of simultaneously securing a sense of place or grounding and attaining a sense of space of expansion” (Persson, 45). This shows that yoga allows people to be aware of their feelings and senses. This practice gives people a sense of place which could possibly give them an awareness of who they are. It can also give people a sense of community and belonging to others in the same practice.  She argues that “the Satyananda yoga community in Australia can best be described as a community of practice that is a community with certain sets of relations and certain patterns of action and reproduction of knowledge” (Persson, 47).  This is important because participants find a sense of community whereby they are able to communicate with likeminded people. Also, it gives people a sense of belonging where they feel part of a group. The benefits to this practice would be that people could have a high self esteem. Also, people would have a better sense of self and belonging to their space. Through this people adapt to the culture of yoga each person produces on their own.  She mentions that “applications and perspectives are approximate and situated rather than coherently structured as each member makes the culture of practice theirs” (Persson. 47). This shows that people involved in yoga make the culture a sense of their own whereby they claim it as theirs. Also, people receive a sense of identity.

            In conclusion, yoga as a form of meditation and relaxation has caught the attention of people from around the world. Also, it has made great success whereby many companies have made profits. How can we further embrace yoga as an exercise?  

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Feeling Senses

The human body has many senses and functions. The senses allow us to feel, touch, and embrace the world around us. Through this, we are able to grasp a deeper understanding of our environments and how they operate in our everyday lives. The senses often guide people’s emotions where they are able to connect with their lover on multiple levels. I would say that the senses are a gateway to passion between individuals. However, to experience these feelings one must have complete or similar access to their senses.

 

To lose a sense is almost losing a sense of self and the world around us. If I were to lose a sense it would be a sense of hearing. I feel that at times not hearing the devastation and crisis of the environment would possibly be comforting. Hearing these sad events can cut deep into a person’s soul were they are unable to handle the daily news. Through this the sense of hearing in a way blocks the negative voices out of a person’s head and they are better able to concentrate and focus on positive aspects of their lives. To gain the sense of hearing is more easy fixed and the one is able to transition into the world again more smoothly. However, there are possible difficulties that one faces such as speech differences and communicating with the larger community.

 

Second, reading the article about Virgil and how he was blind for forty-years made me realize the challenges of not being able to see. He had difficulties adapting to his new sight and he had to learn how to see similar to a child. Through this process he did not seem happy that he got his sight restored but almost depressed.  I was very puzzled at this because I assumed that gaining an important element such as vision would make one rejoice. Also, I felt that he was comfortable with not being able to see that he wanted to go blind again. Furthermore, I felt that Virgil should have enjoyed his sight and try to eagerly adapt to his new environment. Through this losing my sense of vision would cause more difficulties in my life such as not being able to take care of my family. Also, not being able to see the animals, trees, or sky would be painful and heartbreaking. In sum, I would rather lose my sense of hearing while I still had my sight.

 

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Jerk Chicken

The product of food has the ability and power to bring people together or divide them. People can have a love for a particular cuisine because food indulges our senses through flavour and smells. The notion of food has social interactions whereby people, places, and objects are subject to power.  Through this, different kinds of taste and smells are often classified into groups. David E. Sutton argues that “tastes are the practical affirmation of an inevitable difference a system of classificatory schemes” (Sutton 211). This suggests that unique flavours and smells are placed on several levels.

When I watched the Grace kitchen cooking show on YouTube I thought about the spices and sweet smell of jerk chicken. I also thought about how the multiple ingredients which were used to marinate the meat for an hour. I also thought about the flavour of the rice and peas and how this dish complemented the recipe. Through this experience I felt hungry and longing for a home-cooked Jamaican meal to relieve my senses. This also brought memories of my childhood where my grandfather would cook family meals that would fill the house with love. I remember after the meal as a family we would talk about our daily activities. This relates to the Sutton article because memory is connected to the sense of taste. He argues “finally synesthesia has been explored as a key to food memories through the notion that memory has multiple interacting sensory registers from colour steam rising, gloss and texture we infer taste smell and feel” (Sutton, 218).  This illustrates that food gives people memory either of their childhood or their adulthood. Also, that synesthesia plays a role in triggering people’s memories regarding taste and smell. He argues that “taste is something we anticipate and infer from how things look feel to the hand, smell outside the mouth and sound our eyes let us taste food at a distance by activating the sense memories of taste and smell” (Sutton, 218).  I feel that this is important because food allows us to use all of our senses to enjoy the dish.

 

In conclusion, food has the power, control, and ability to indulge people into different senses and emotions. The cooking show brought me back to my childhood where I was most at peace and innocence. Furthermore, it made me realize the significance of family time and togetherness that I feel is somewhat lost today.

 

Sutton, E. David. Food and the Senses. Southern Illinois: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2010.

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A Sense of Self

            The ability to hear sound is a powerful element in our given society. Through sound people are able to recognize and move within their environments freely. Sound allows individuals to express themselves, appreciate different cultures , and learn from each other. To hear and listen to sound provides a deeper meaning of the self.

 

            The article talks about immersive soundscapes and how the ocean has many different sounds. Also, that sounds are close to our thoughts and how we function in our everyday lives. Helmreich argues that “ sounds are as close to us as our thoughts then by listening we may be able to perceive the relationship between subject and object inside and outside and the public and private altogether differently” (Helmreich, 629). This relates to the idea of the senses because it gives people the ability to challenge their deepest thoughts and emotions.  Through listening and hearing sounds people can have an intimate relationship with a particular object. It also can trigger feelings of memories and happy feelings.

 

            The role of   media plays an important role in guiding our senses. This element often forces upon people different kinds of emotions such as the need to consume to feel satisfied. He argues that “if media do indeed extend our senses they do so as crystallized versions and elaborations of people’s prior practices or techniques of using their senses” (Helmreich,629). This shows that our senses can possibly be controlled by the displays of visual images in our everyday lives. The representations of these illustrations may have a lasting effect on individuals who see, hear, and listen to advertisements. He further argues that “music fluid, quick, ethereal, outreaching, time-based, erotic and mathematical, immersive and intangible, rational and unconscious, ambient and solid has anticipated the aether talk of the information ocean” (Helmreich, 629). This relates because hearing a particular beat and rhythm of music often makes one feel connected to the heart and soul of the sound. Also, the sounds of the ocean can also make one feel intimate with nature.

            In conclusion, the sense of hearing is a powerful tool in our society. Hearing sounds of the ocean and music allows people to gain a thoughtful understanding of who they are. It also creates a unity between individuals and their natural environments to better appreciate various cultures. Through this people will be able to see, feel and touch the world in a different way.

Helmereich, Stefan.  Anthropologist underwater: Immersive soundscapes, submarine cyborgs, and transductive ethnography. Massachusetts: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Vol. 34, No.4, pp.621-641. 2007.

 

 

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Senses Poem

Senses Poem

 

To limit yourself to not using all of your senses at any given time should be frowned    upon, as you are not grasping life for all it’s worth

How about the psychic or spiritual senses in general? Have they been denied and disregarded as an important part of human experience?

In Christianity, for example the sense of smell has long been highly valued and sacred

In the breath of God, fragrances of the Holy Spirit were considered irresistible and sweet

This holy scent was considered to be indication of triumph of spiritual virtue over physical corruption

A saint could sense the presence of god through the sweet natural odour mysteriously produced and sense the presence of god through sweet natural odour mysteriously produced and that each saint produced a smell that lasted even after they died

These odors were able to heal people, inspire them and fill them with magical hallucinations with either angels or demons

My grandparents who are Christian would always tell me that cleanliness is next to godliness

Many of these senses had been emotional and were feelings in our body

Seselelame which when an individual gets a feeling in their body

In the West the history of the senses has been one of simplifications and sanitization

Our society tends to associate the normative with the natural

To ignore your sense of smell is to ignore a part of the world around you

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pleasant

Senses have a powerful place in today’s society. To smell ourselves a lover or oneself creates a language of communication between people. However, scent could possibly divide and separate people from each other instead of togetherness. The idea of scent could also be regarded as sacred which is significant to religion. The sense of smell has various meanings to different cultures, people, places, and objects. We have to learn and adapt to the notion that smell has a powerful presence in our lives.

 

The idea of scent can be seen as sacred and holy for religious believers. Classen argues that “in Christian tradition fragrance was closely associated with spiritual integrity and malodour with moral corruption. Baptism it was believed made it possible to start one`s spiritual life free of the stench of sin“ (Classen, 45).  This is important because early Christians believed that fragrance would possibly bring them closer to God. Also, that people who decided to receive baptism were considered to be clean and adapting a pleasant smell. This relates to the senses because smell stands in for ocularcentrism in judging a person`s sinful life.

 

The idea of smell in the West plays a significant role in our society. Scent in our society is increasingly important in how we interact with each other.  Howes argues that “the extensive use of deodorants and the suppression of odour in public places results in a land of olfactory blandness and sameness that would be difficult to duplicate anywhere else in the world“ (Howes, 144). This suggests that in society we have placed emphasis on eliminating the natural odours. Also, that uniqueness in society has been further repressed because people are somewhat afraid to stand out against the norms. Howes further argues that “ we are a society bent on the elimination of odour “ (Howes, 145).  This relates to the senses because the notion of odour has a strong position in society where people try to make themselves smell good.  He also suggests that this idea of odour has a history which he calls the olfactive revolution of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (145). He suggests that our idea of scent is related to what upper class European view of how people should have no disapproving odour.  In sum, the idea of smell has a hierarchy position in society where people can be seen as outsiders if they are not following societal constructions.

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