Saturday, July 12, 2014

embodied learning...

Take a straight shaving from a plank.

Those who use their bodies to do real things, would not need this report, which should be read by every academic and political nincompoop to help them to avoid misunderstandings of human intelligence. Is the Body The Next Breakthrough in Education Tech? 

The Germans have two words for knowledge, wissenschaft, for that which is passed along second hand from others, and kentniss for knowledge that you get from personal experience. Most scientific knowledge falls under the category wissenschaft, as it is passed along one person to another, and wissenschaft is cheaper and more efficient to convey through books and lecture than providing the opportunity to do real stuff. The only problem with it is that without kentniss, actual experience learning real skills to do real things, wissenschaft is difficult to integrate, and untrustworthy at best.

There is another German term, fingerspitzengef├╝hl, or "fingertip knowledge" which refers to the integration of Kentniss and Wissenschaft. It comes when the foundation of one's experience is formed by doing real things.

As Charles H. Hamm had said in the late 1800s the mind seeks the truth, but the hands find it. The education of the mind without commensurate learning in the hand is a tragic mistake.

We had to put a note on our newspaper delivery box, as it's been taken over by a wren hatching a nest full of chicks.

Today I am applying a second coat of Danish oil to boxes to prepare them for delivery early this next week.

Make, fix and create...

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