Abstract: This paper extends the earlier biogenetic structural theory of play and games to account for playfulness in the transpersonal domain of human experience. Theorists are cautioned to pay more attention to the internal structures that produce play. The concept of "metanoia" is defined as the intrinsic loosening of habitual patterns of neurophysiological entrainment, and play behavior is defined as metanoia involving motor activity. Play is discussed in relation to Abraham Maslow's theory of a hierarchy of needs and the Maulavi and Tibetan dream yoga are offered as examples of transpersonal play. A number of conceptual stumbling blocks to a general theory of play are eliminated.
And in any case, I affirm as a theory of cognition and of science ...that at the highest levels of development of humanness, knowledge is positively rather than negatively correlated with a sense of mystery, awe, humility, ultimate ignorance, reverence, and a sense of oblation.