Thing 11: Listening to the blinks of the eye

Jaron Lanier, a pioneer in the field of virtual reality (the term is credited to him), has commented before that the proliferation of computers is not going to stop people from moving or wanting to move. The more I read on embodied cognition and learning, movement plays a big part in evolution. This talk adds to the other perspectives that I have been thinking about. Movement in stillness and apotemnophilia. When you are standing still, you are actually countering the forces that are ready to put you off balance. Just look at the people doing yoga or pilates and how much they perspire from so little movement. Apotemnophilia is a body integrity disorder where the sufferers feel that some of their limbs do not belong to them and go to the extent of amputation to feel normal. The daughter describes how complete her father feels even paralysed and unable to move his limbs. It is through the blinks of his eyes that he communicates with others.

Why should the others read it? I might be assuming but all of us on #23research are teachers or valued contributors to the field of education. If we could encourage teachers and schools to take the time to listen to the blinks and ask the students to look for answers within, education would not feel locked in


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