For as long as I have walked on planet earth, the sport versus game debate regularly pops up. <a href="https://aeon.co/users/david-papineau" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">David Papineau</a> is the most recent entry into the ongoing debate - at least as it pertains to the Olympics.
While many activities are both games and sports – tennis and golf, for instance – there are also sports that aren’t games – skiing and surfing, say – and games that aren’t sports – snakes and ladders, or chess and bridge, for that matter.
Papineau suggests that to be classified a sport requires a physical exertion. And then to make his point, talks a lot about Chess and Bridge. I get it. But how much ‘physical exertion’? Continue reading