Industrial Design’s MOVE opens body-ports towards creativity


Originally posted on Girl with a Thinking Apparatus:



In western cultures the separation of the head and body is very explicit. Only since recently researchers have focused on the connection between this distinction in human existence. They developed a new concept: embodied cognition. Embodied cognition is about the way the body can be used as a metaphor. This means that abstract ideas are rooted in physical experience. By learning more about the body and its possibilities, the body-mind bridge can become stronger and more open to new insights and (unusual) connections. In this way conceptual spaces are in some way connected with physical spaces, which means that people can experiment on two different ‘levels.’ In this essay I will argue that the connection of these two spaces (‘inner’ and ‘outer’) can enhance creative thinking. The BA Industrial Design at the Technical University in Eindhoven will be my focus because it uses classes in movement analysis, called MOVE…

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The Stuart Hall Project: who are we, what are we and what could we become?

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Originally posted on That's How The Light Gets In:

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When I saw John Akomfrah’s The Unfinished Conversation at the Bluecoat in November 2012 I was deeply moved.  Like everyone else I know who saw the three-screen installation based on the life, work and thoughts of the Jamaican-born sociologist and cultural theorist Stuart Hall, I loved it so much, I had to go back and see it again several times.

Since then, Akomfrah has expanded his exploration of Hall’s life and legacy in a documentary film, The Stuart Hall Project, that was released last year. Following the news of Stuart Hall’s death, we watched the film on DVD last night. However, watching the 90 minute film turned out to be very different to the experience of being immersed in the multiple screen poetry of The Unfinished Conversation. At twice the length, The Stuart Hall Project obviously shares the same genes as the installation, but is a quite different…

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Encountering Henri Bortoft


Daniel Montano:

Quote from this blog post: “The value in Henri’s work is to help us understand the process of thinking, what it’s limitations are, and how we can avoid the traps of being blinkered by the scientific methodology. “

Originally posted on Transition Consciousness:

Now that I am beginning to lecture and teach complexity, many people are asking me about who I teach, and what my key references are. This is quite a difficult question to answer on a number of levels, especially when you are trying to teach people that “thinking” is just one of the ways of knowing the world, and that “sensing”, “feeling” and “intuition” are just as important.

One very key person who I admire greatly and who I base much of my work around is that of Henri Bortoft, author of the book “The Wholeness of Nature: Goethe’s Way of Science”.  I remember reading this book for the first time around February 2009, in preparation for my MSc in Holistic Science at Schumacher College.  I had been recommended this book since Henri teaches the first week of the MSc, and Henri’s philosophy provides one of the foundation stones for…

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Quote for the Day – Einstein’s Louse and the Limits of Scientific Understanding


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When it comes to big problems, with many factors that include human behavior, science seems to be doomed to help us understand what was, rather than what is.

Originally posted on Minds and Brains:

Nature is showing us only the tail of the lion, but I have no doubt that the lion belongs to it even though, because of its large size, it cannot totally reveal itself all at once. We can see it only the way a louse that is sitting on it would.

 ~Albert Einstein to Heinrich Zangger, quoted in Clifford Pickover, Archimedes to Hawking

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Boots Opticians: A Disappointing Customer Experience


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Another example of lack of empathy in the engineering / design of a business process workflow.

Originally posted on The Customer & Leadership Blog:

I get a letter

I got a letter through the post informing me that I was due for an eye test.  Given that it has been several years since I had my eyes tested I welcomed the colourful reminder from Boots.  I noticed that I could book an appointment online or by calling.  At that moment I did not have a laptop handy so I chose to call. My call was picked up almost immediately and a helpful chap booked an appointment for me at the local Boots (Opticians) store.

How am I feeling? Happy.  What kind of impression do I have of Boots?  This is an organisation that has its act together: it has sent me a useful reminder, it has offered me several options, it has made it easy for me to book an appointment, and the fellow on the phone exuded human warmth.

I turn up at…

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Engineering Schools Fail to Teach Empathy


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Does this highlight a big omission by the STEM campaign in education?

Originally posted on PTC:

With its relentless emphasis on technical problem-solving, engineering education may be overlooking something equally important according to a new study.

The research, by a Rice University sociologist who also has a degree in electrical engineering, finds that engineering students graduate from college less concerned about public welfare than when they entered.

“One of the solutions to the complexity of engineering is to take away anything that is nontechnical,” says the study’s author, Erin Cech, who based her findings on a survey of 300 students at four unnamed engineering schools. “You just have the students solve the problems on the tests and put a box around the answers.”

This encourages a “culture of disengagement,” Cech says. And, she says, it may later discourage graduates from being sensitive to the needs of consumers, avoiding conflicts of interest, or blowing the whistle on design flaws.

“There seems to be very little time…

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5 Important Questions before Giving your Child a Smart Device


Daniel Montano:

I’m always glad to find examples of people thinking critically about technology.

Originally posted on disrupt learning!:

Today’s post comes from guest blogger Reese Jones. Reese is an IOS and android fan who loves phones and print media. Reese writes regularly for Techie Doodlers. She is also a keen footballer (for those in the US, that mean soccer!) and has a passion for architecture.

kids and iphoneBased on Lookout’s 2012 data, 65% of parents believe that there’s no particular age when it’s best to provide a smart device. They think that age does not determine whether or not the child is responsible enough to own a gadget, but rather it’s the child’s maturity that counts. We understand that it can be a daunting task to gauge whether it’s the right time to give a tech devices to a child. So, for this article, we’ll provide you 5 questions commonly asked by parents before purchasing a smart device and our critical answers to your concerns.

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