Linking Gardner to McLuhan — Extending Ourselves via Muscle Memory
Starting the week off with positiv-e-motion and mo-mentum…
In his 1964 classic, Understanding Media, Marshall McLuhan described the wheel as an extension of the foot, the arrow as an extension of the hand and arm, and electronic technology as an extension of the central nervous system.
In defining what he calls “bodily-kinesthetic intelligence,” Howard Gardner (1983) described the ability of handling objects skillfully and controlling one’s body movements. A person with this “intelligence” will have good hand-eye coordination and fine-motor control. They will also have a strong sense of the space around them (in terms of volumes of air and objects placed within those volumes) and well as a strong sense of timing or rhythm.
Putting bodies in motion
‘Cause I got the notion
Like Roy Cormier
With the coconut lotion
The sound of the music
Making you insane
You can’t explain to people
This type of mind frame
– Beastie Boys, Body Movin’
Danny MacAskill (mac-a-skill?) of Scotland proves that…
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