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Re: [xmca] Montaigne, proximity, morality and mirror neurons

Thanks for this, Rod. Montaigne is not a name we encounter much on xmca, but
he is very important to the development of the ideas that we discuss here

He writes really interesting things, such as:

A straight oar looks bent in the water. What matters is not merely that we
see things but how we see them.

For truly it is to be noted, that children's plays are not sports, and
should be deemed as their most serious actions.

I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated
sufficiently to reason incorrectly.

Age imprints more wrinkles in the mind than it does on the face.


On Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 6:19 AM, Rod Parker-Rees <
R.Parker-Rees@plymouth.ac.uk> wrote:

> You may be interested in this article in Saturday's Guardian which suggests
> that Montaigne was onto embodied cognition some 400 years ago:
> Montaigne and the macaques
> Four hundred years ago, the great French essayist recognised that our
> inbuilt capacity for sympathy depends on our physical proximity to others.
> Recent neurological research appears to back him up, argues Saul Frampton
> http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/jan/22/montaigne-macaques-saul-frampton
> All the best,
> Rod
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