Body thinking: "we know more than we can tell"

Operating under the assumption that "we know more than we can tell," How Bodies Matter, Five Themes for Interaction Design, investigates the potential of "body thinking" to problem solve.

Pasta&Vinegar describes the article thusly:

It discusses how 'our physical bodies play a central role in shaping human experience in the world, understanding of the world, and interactions in the world', drawing on various theories of embodiment in the field of psychology, sociology and philosophy.

The paper proposes a range of human knowledge accessible to sensation, not only those sensations we can consciously call to mind (this stove is hot), but the knowledge-as-physical sensation unconsciously stored away in our bodies, using, for example, our experiences riding a bicycle.

The authors suggest that "richer interaction paradigms" are possible using this body knowledge than the knowledge drawn solely from the intellect for which "we can produce a symbolic account."

I immediately thought of the book Sparks of Genius, which suggests 13 ways - one of which is body thinking - that creative people have used to "school the imagination." And since "How Bodies Matter" also draws upon work being done in philosophy, I couldn't resist blogging it.

Wayne