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Louis Ades

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Why did humans invent sports and why do so many people love watching and playing competitive sports games?

I'm not asking why certain individuals are attracted to sports. Obviously people find it exciting, thrilling, entertaining etc. My question is why do people find it to be so exhilarating?? Why is it exciting? Why is it entertaining? Why do athletes enjoy sports so much? Is it simply the sublimation of our evolutionary drives in a way that is accepted by society? What are the psychological, historical, scientific, etc. reasons for us creating and participating in competitive sports?

Also, how do you think we can use the popularity of sports to make the world a better place?


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    Nov 26 2012: I just finished watching the Toronto Argos win the Grey Cup. .... I have never played football, I have never had or have any desire to play football yet, I found this moment entertaining and I am excited for the home team. For me now, it is the camaraderie and the celebration, which is a positive one. .... as for my thoughts on the evolution of sports.... it's a big puzzle that makes the picture. You need the team, the prize, and the adoring fans. The reward is a massive hangover due to the consumption of a lot of beer during this celebration. All these puzzle pieces make for a wondrful picture. Sorry, my friends are waiting, gotta go. lol

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