Sport: A Biological, Philosophical, and Cultural Perspective

Hardcover | August 23, 2016

byJay Schulkin

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Sports are as varied as the people who play them. We run, jump, and swim. We kick, hit, and shoot balls. We ride sleds in the snow and surf in the sea. From the Olympians of ancient Greece to today's professional athletes, from adult pickup soccer games to children's gymnastics classes, people at all levels of ability at all times and in all places have engaged in sport. What drives this phenomenon?

In Sport, the neuroscientist Jay Schulkin argues that biology and culture do more than coexist when we play sports-they blend together seamlessly, propelling each other toward greater physical and intellectual achievement. To support this claim, Schulkin discusses history, literature, and art-and engages philosophical inquiry and recent behavioral research. He connects sport's basic neural requirements, including spatial and temporal awareness, inference, memory, agency, direction, competitive spirit, and endurance, to the demands of other human activities. He affirms sport's natural role as a creative evolutionary catalyst, turning the external play of sports inward and bringing insight to the diversion that defines our species. Sport, we learn, is a fundamental part of human life.

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Sports are as varied as the people who play them. We run, jump, and swim. We kick, hit, and shoot balls. We ride sleds in the snow and surf in the sea. From the Olympians of ancient Greece to today's professional athletes, from adult pickup soccer games to children's gymnastics classes, people at all levels of ability at all times and...

Jay Schulkin is a research professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Georgetown University. He is the author of numerous books, including Reflections on the Musical Mind: An Evolutionary Perspective (2013).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:August 23, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231176767

ISBN - 13:9780231176767

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Concept of Sport2. Sports, Brain, Body, and the World3. Evolution, Play, and Sport4. Genetics, Epigenetics, and Talent5. Regulation, Recovery, and Resilience6. Running and the Brain: Neurogenesis7. Throwing, Swimming, and Rowing8. Fairness and Sports9. Dignity and BeautyConclusionReferencesIndex

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Sport gives readers a fresh and excellent view of sport. Jay Schulkin illuminates this fascinating topic by bringing to bear a powerful combination of historical, biological, and psychological perspectives.