Tag Archives: embodied situated cognition

Get the venue right …

I’ve been away at two events over the last few weeks, both of which exemplified the power of place. The UK Ecopsychology Gathering took place at Green and Away, an outdoor conference centre. Both the weather and our interactions were … Continue reading

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Twyford Down

Twenty years ago protesters struggled to save Twyford Down from destruction by the M3 motorway, and although the road was built the campaign continues to have an impact. Twyford Down marked the beginning of a movement which was active at hundreds of anti-road campaigns … Continue reading

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Being Embodied

I’ve been less active here lately, but not been slacking! I’ve recently written a blog post for Mark Walsh of Integration Training. Integration Training is unusual in that they use an “embodied learning” approach to corporate training. The training is … Continue reading

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We ARE the environment: Podcast

The Embodied Operating System is a new on-line resource devoted to exploring  the body in the digital age. It includes a series of interviews by Mark Walsh with people engaged with embodiment research and practice. Podcasts include interviews with Don Hanlon Johnson (California Institute of Integral Studies), Richard Strozzi–Heckler (founder … Continue reading

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The Stupidity of Rationalism

Last weeks edition of ‘In Our Time’ (BBC Radio 4) discussed game theory and gave a telling account of a scenario called The Prisoners Dilemma. Imagine that Jo and Jack have been arrested for a crime. The police know they’re guilty but can’t prove it, so … Continue reading

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Occupy the bodymind place

The Occupy London movement have taken over empty offices owned by the banking group UBS. The space – now called The Bank of Ideas – hosts workshops on everything from mindfulness meditation to alternative economics. I joined a workshop on embodied stress management here on … Continue reading

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The power of place: Protest site pagans

Research has established that spending time in the wilderness can have profound effects on people. This “wilderness effect” (Greenway, 1995) usually occurs in truly wild places like the Grand Canyon, but my research shows that it can work it’s magic … Continue reading

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Eugene Gendlin

Writing a PhD thesis on embodied knowing was a tricky task and at times I doubted that I could research something so nebulous. My big breakthrough came when I read the work of contemporary philosopher and psychologist Eugene Gendlin. Gendlin … Continue reading

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Thinking with place

I spend last week-end at an ecopsychology retreat in Lancashire. We were staying in a stone barn in the woods, very close to a peat stained river that surged over ancient rocks. On Saturday I paired up with a colleague for a ‘medicine walk’. … Continue reading

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The cognitive iceberg

Every year the Edge website asks interesting people a provocative question. The Edge Question for 2011 is “What scientific concept would improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit?” Adam Alter, a psychologist and Assistant Professor at Stern School of Business, NYU, responded with a short … Continue reading

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