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.'"
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.