Tag Archives: lived body

Emotional geographies

Introducing a special issue on emotional geographies, Joyce Davidson & Christine Milligan explain: “Recent years have witnessed a welling-up of emotion within geography, a surge of interest reminiscent of the fascination and exploration of embodiment that characterized much social and cultural geography over … Continue reading

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How the Brain Creates Culture

Chris Frith has written and spoken on the topic of how the brain creates both our mental world and culture. I am just beginning to read his work, but I do like this point (made by Frith in his book, … Continue reading

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Do we educate to narrow or expand the life process?

“There comes a point where our education as it developed does not help us, but very often limits and directs us into channels which are not conducive to health. We become so unhealthy that we have to retire before we … Continue reading

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What comes first – the motor pattern or the feeling?

Again, and still working with Moshe Feldenkrais’s ideas, this is such an interesting stance on learning… Feldenkrais once wrote: “It takes us longer to think the numbers from twenty to thirty than from one to ten, although the numerical intervals … Continue reading

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blind for life

(Following on from notes made in an earlier blog, Your peripersonal space is part of you) …Sandra Blakeslee and Matthew Blakeslee explain the importance of free movement in infancy and childhood: “The idea that your brain maps chart not only … 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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Metaphor and imagination structure human understanding

“…human bodily movement, manipulation of objects, and perceptual interactions involve recurring patterns without which our experience would be chaotic and incomprehensible. I call these patterns “image schemata,” because they function primarily as abstract images. They are gestalt structures, consisting of … Continue reading

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Your peripersonal space is part of you

I am still thinking in terms of children’s play and their use of found objects to create play narratives etc. Anyway, within that context… this is very interesting: Introducing their book, The Body has a Mind of Its Own, Sandra … Continue reading

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Human embodiment is key to human cognition

“any adequate account of meaning and rationality must give a central place to embodied and imaginative structures of understanding by which we grasp the world.” ~ Mark Johnson (p.xiii The Body in the Mind) “Without imagination, nothing in the world … Continue reading

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