Category Archives: social and political contexts

Child and wild animal – food for thought

“During nearly all the history of our species man has lived in association with large, often terrifying, but always exciting animals. Models of the survivors, toy elephants, giraffes and pandas, are an integral part of contemporary childhood. If all these … Continue reading

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How many today live in a language that is not their own? 

“How many today live in a language that is not their own? Or no longer, or not yet, even know their own and know poorly the major language that they are forced to serve? This is the problem of immigrants, … Continue reading

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On aggression

I just read a very interesting article about aggression. In it, William M Bukowski and Maurissa Abecassis consider how aggression and adaptation are inter-related. In it, there are a couple of minor points that would merit more critical discussion, but I really … Continue reading

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Also looks interesting – Howard Gardner & Steven Pinker – Lives of the Mind

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what language wires in to us

Another very interesting interview with Moshe Feldenkrais: “When the brain comes into the world, it is fit to do only what any animal brain can do: it attends to breathing, to digestion, to the automatic processes of the body. Beyond … Continue reading

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Narrative identity and politics

Explaining the narrative lens on politics, psychology and identity, Phillip L Hammack writes: “narrative is a powerful rhetorical tool used far beyond the life stories of particular political candidates. Rather, consistent with growing arguments in social, cultural, and developmental psychology…, I … Continue reading

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Slipping backwards and forwards between narrative and metaphor

Introducing The ‘Warring with Words’ Project, Mike Hanne writes the following: “Interlinked though I suggest they are, narrative and metaphor frame our political thinking in somewhat different ways. Narrative is an interpretive device, which directs our attention to events (past, … Continue reading

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The embodiment of agency

“Meaning is rooted in agency (the ability to act and choose), and agency depends on embodiment.” ~ Sandra Blakeslee and Matthew Blakeslee Ref: p.12 Sandra Blakeslee and Matthew Blakeslee (c2007) The Body has a Mind of Its Own: How Body Maps … Continue reading

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Play is like oxygen

“When we lack that feeling of lightness in what we do it should be taken as a warning sign. It should be as alarming as chest pain or shortness of breath when we climb stairs, a high blood sugar reading, … Continue reading

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How schools came to serve the state

Arguing for changes to the structure of ‘schooling’ we employ in countries like New Zealand and the USA, Peter Gray provides a history of what we know as schools, beginning with an explanation of child-rearing in hunter-gatherer societies, then explaining the … Continue reading

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