Tuesday, July 13, 2010

book group flashbacks

Today was apparently the day for me to find myself directed to content relevant to past book group meetings. First, a friend directed me to this podcast on Guns, Germs, and Steel, in which reasons why the Book of Mormon can't be literal are discussed. When we discussed the book in our book group I tried to avoid bringing religion in (not wanting to destroy any body's faith that day--or today, for that matter), and though religion came up anyway, we didn't veer into questions of the veracity of the BOM, sticking instead to the literalness of the Adam and Eve story.

This evening I came across this article on creativity that notes,

In middle childhood, kids sometimes create paracosms—fantasies of entire alternative worlds. Kids revisit their paracosms repeatedly, sometimes for months, and even create languages spoken there. This type of play peaks at age 9 or 10, and it’s a very strong sign of future creativity.

In our discussion of Peter pan I admitted to having an imaginary world I played in until I was probably 10 or so (I don't remember exactly when I stopped pretending the mouse paths in the bushes were the roads of a fairy town). Somehow it's comforting to know I'm not totally weird for having an intense imaginary life for as long as I did.

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