‘Play as a principle of nature does not necessarily mean adopting any sort of milky utopian view. The play principle can help explain why sex is fun, but it can also explain why cruelty is fun. As anyone who has watched a cat play with a mouse can attest, a lot of animal play is not particularly nice. What it does give us is ground to unthink the world around us.’
In this reading group, we will be exploring David Graeber’s popular essay, ‘What’s the Point If We Can’t Have Fun?‘ Led by anthropologist of deplorable animals, Dr Khalil ‘Avi’ Betz-Heinemann, the meeting will cover the key concepts and arguments outlined in the essay, followed by an open discussion.