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[Xmca-l] Re: Rhythm



The link proffered by Annalisa has a section on hiving and rhythmic entainment, a phenomenon that I have been interested in for years. I see it in the morning flights of pigeons that fly overhead as I do tai chi and in the migration of geese, ducks and cranes twice a year here in central New Mexico. This morning, as I took part in a dance-exercise class, I took part in a rhythmically entrained activity. I have read about rhythmic entrainment in the interactions of child and caregiver that Vera first made me aware of as a prime aspect of language acquisition. I see it in the work of McNeill on the rhythmic integration of gesture and speech.  Karl Lashley said the following in 1951:

"My principal thesis today will be that the input is never into a quiescent or static system, but always into a system which is already actively excited and organized. In the intact organism, behavior is the result of interaction of this background of excitation with input from any designated stimulus. Only when we can state the general charac- teristics of this background of excitation, can we understand the effects of a given input.”

Whether within an organism, or in interactions between organisms, this suggests a rhythmic pulse underlying activity and development, and that the temporal domain is, in some sense, what underlies all of creation. I would like to propose that this rhythmic entrainment fits nicely with Hutto’s radical embodiment/enactive cognition (REC) hypothesis proferred by Larry. 

I was wondering what others think about rhythm and all that jazz.

Henry
 


 
> On Jan 9, 2015, at 11:20 AM, Annalisa Aguilar <annalisa@unm.edu> wrote:
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> Hello sundry discussants!
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> ?This landed in my email box this morning and figured it was a pretty catchy title that may intrigue others here on the list as much as me!
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> I am practicing something I don't like to, which is post a link of something I haven't finished reading, with the risk I may not agree with it.
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> However, then I thought I don't have to agree with everything I post on the list, do I? So just to say it is possible that I read it and be remiss that I shared it...
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> Still, it can be looked at what kinds of writing are going on about consciousness out there, "outside." It may contribute to further discussion of the ideology of individualism?
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> For what its worth? here's the link below...
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> Kind regards,
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> Annalisa
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> Ritual and the Consciousness Monoculture
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> http://www.ribbonfarm.com/2015/01/08/ritual-and-the-consciousness-monoculture/
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> by Editor on January 8, 2015
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> Sarah Perry is a guest blogger who blogs at Carcinisation<http://carcinisation.com> and is the author of Every Cradle is a Grave: Rethinking the Ethics of Birth and Suicide<http://www.amazon.com/Every-Cradle-Is-Grave-Rethinking/dp/0989697290/>.
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