Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Thinking With the Body

Embodied Cognition - Maria Montessori is vindicated: "'Watching a child makes it obvious that the development of his mind comes about through his movements ... Mind and movement are parts of the same entity.'"
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_xh37pX7B0&hl=en&fs=1]
Some illumination on the farce of the Brain as a Computer metaphor, the above video explores the common-sense Checkov Gesture Method for actors - While gathering his thoughts during the Guelph lecture, Anthony Braxton plays an imaginary saxophone; in Bali, they teach dance by manipulating the children like puppets, placing them into each successive position in time to the music. A more urgent question might be to ask where on earth we ever got the idea that Mind and Body should be distinct.

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