Christopher X J. Jensen
Associate Professor, Pratt Institute

Montreal art installation rewards cooperative play with musical novelty

Posted 12 Jan 2013 / 1

I really appreciate the combination of social play and music that went into this very simple but very rich piece of public art.

A Minor Post, Art & Design, Cooperation, Installation Art, Play, Public Art, Web

Can playing games make the world a better place?

Posted 27 Sep 2012 / 1

One of the very talented students I work with in the Envirolutions club, Rhett Bradbury, pointed me towards the work of Jane McGonigal, a game designer and evangelist for the idea that games can save the world. For Rhett, her work is important to his Master’s thesis in graphic design, as he is considering how to move Read More

A Major Post, Cooperation, Cultural Evolution, Development, Emotion, Evolutionary Psychology, Happiness, Health & Medicine, Human Evolution, Mismatch theory, Phenotypic Plasticity, Play, Psychological Adaptation, Psychology, Radio & Podcasts, Social Networks, Subsistence, Web

Climate change makes mountaineering more risky

Posted 19 Jul 2012 / 0

The New York Times “For Climbers, Risks Now Shift With Every Step“

A Minor Post, Climate Change, Play

Mount Everest and the limits of play

Posted 17 Jul 2012 / 2

Photo: The traditional spring climbing season has come to an end in the Himalaya and 2012 has turned out to be a pretty deadly year. On Mount Everest — the most storied and trafficked Himalayan peak — ten people have died this season. Only the years 1996 and 2006 have seen more deaths. While Read More

A Major Post, Cultural Evolution, Evolutionary Psychology, Human limits, Memetic Fitness, Mismatch theory, Play, Survival

Human limits extended one step further as wingsuit diver lands without a parachute

Posted 23 May 2012 / 0

The New York Times “Wing-Suited Stuntman Takes a Super-Hero Plunge” Sky News “Skydiver Becomes First To Land Without Chute“

A Minor Post, Cultural Evolution, Human limits, Play

What can Dean Potter teach us about evolution?

Posted 02 Aug 2011 / 2

I have a bit of an obsession with why people push limits in particular sports. Although I am far from a big limit-pusher myself, I do enjoy the more dangerous forms of skateboarding, bicycling, and snowboarding. Of late I have taken up rock climbing, although I have only once made it out of the gym. Read More

Articles, Cultural Evolution, Film, Television, & Video, Happiness, Memetic Fitness, Play, Psychological Adaptation