For most of us, knowledge of our world comes largely through sight, yet we look about with such unseeing eyes that we are partially blind.
-RACHEL CARSON, The Sense of Wonder
Rooted in Bagua, Taichi, the Feldenkrais Method, Slowing Down Faster takes advantage of the mind’s intrinsic and vast ability to learn via sensorimotor exploration. Slowing Down Faster consequently has the potential to help you increase your strength, speed, agility, flexibility and balance in surprising ways, while at the same time decreasing parasitic tension and propensity toward injury.
The “blog“ consists of a collection of articles, interviews, and lectures, each of which takes a deeper look into learning and what it means to be human. Most of the posts consequently focus on factors that either contribute to or block learning such as: 1) how a sense of wonder can lead to new perspectives; 2) how we unconsciously block ourselves from learning; 3) how institutional forces sometimes create barriers to learning.
For a humanistic view of learning, I recommend spending a day watching your infant or toddler moving about and exploring her environment freely (that is, unencumbered by restraining devices)–or simply view this short video by Irene Lyon. Jazz great, Bill Evans gives some personal insight into the matter in this delightful interview. For some of the crucial concepts on learning handed down from the Enlightenment, check out this talk given by Noam Chomsky at the University of Arizona in ’12. Finally, if we want to create a society whereby the masses of people are truly given the opportunity to blossom, it is crucial that we make the workplace in particular and society in general far more democratic, thereby ending the proliferation of what anthropologist David Graeber calls “bullshit jobs.”
For those of you who knew the previous website (Radically Transformative Fitness) you may be wondering about the name change. Click here to read a short blurb on the subject.