Homo sapiens, homo faber, homo ludens

/ 19 July 2011

I’ve been rereading John Seely Brown and Douglas Thomas’ book A New Culture of Learning, which is a brilliant — and very short — exploration of how learning is shifting all around us. One of the points they make is that we need to think about the full range of how people learn, and they argue that we need to be thinking about “homo sapiens, homo faber and homo ludens” — that is, human beings as knowers, makers, and people who play. They also explore elements of remix culture, and I can’t help sharing two really fun recent remixes that my son shared with me yesterday. The first is a Harry Potter remix/parody, and the second engages the Angry Birds phenomenon — enjoy!