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Enjoy your (traditional) culture – a model of connected thinking

When talking to Chinese here in Germany I often face a strong affinity to their own culture. Once I heard that an ancient book, probably written three – or four hundred years ago, is still listed on the book charts. It is and that astonished me really very, very popular regarding younger people. This could not be as possible in Germany as it is in China. 😉

When showing my astonishment the Chinese looked at me not understanding my astonishment. They were convinced that being connected to their cultural roots is a self-evidence.

Two weeks ago I talked to a Chinese woman who finished her IT-study and who had decided to earn her income not by working as an IT-specialist but by painting.

Of course she had been busy as an artist for

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How the body shapes the way we think

an interesting and convincing but also strange  approach to the issue of the importance of movement for developement and learning.

All of Pfeiffer`s projects contribute, one way or other, to the central theme of understanding intelligence. The central concepts which form the basis of the approach include embodiment (the physical realization of agents), morphology, system-environment coupling, dynamics, and material properties. Pfeiffer`s main research fields are biorobotics, learning and development, evolution and morphogenesis, and collective intelligence.

Pfeiffer and his collegues are convinced that movement and the ability to move are basic elements of intelligence. So, one could think that body language and nonverbal behaviour also are aspects of intelligence.

If you are interested just have a look at his book.

How the Body Shapes the Way We Think
A New View of Intelligence
Rolf Pfeifer and Josh C. Bongard
Foreword by Rodney Brooks

http://www.neuroscience.ethz.ch/research/computation_modeling/pfeifer

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On Chinese Body Thinking

when you are hungry you eat. when you are tired you sleep. ….what

does you astonish about this perspective? 😉

This book uses Western philosophical tradition to make a case for a form of thinking properly associated with ancient China. The book’s thesis is that Chinese thinking is concrete rather than formal and abstract, and this is gathered in a variety of ways under the symbol “body thinking”. The root of the metaphor is that the human body has a kind of intelligence in its most basic functions. When hungry the body gets food and eats, when tired it sleeps, when amused it laughs. In free people these things happen instinctively but not automatically.
The metaphor of body thinking is extended far …
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On Chinese body thinking…

This book uses Western philosophical tradition to make a case for a form of thinking properly associated with ancient China. The book’s thesis is that Chinese thinking is concrete rather than formal and abstract, and this is gathered in a variety of ways under the symbol “body thinking.” The root of…

Link to the Book: 

On Chinese Body Thinking: A Cultural Hermeneutic

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