It is vital to reawaken the wisdom of the body.” – Mark Vernon introduces Constellations

The body has its own intelligence. It can sound strange to put it like that because we live in an age that has become preoccupied with computers as the paradigm of smartness. This approach values the sort of intelligence that solves problems, calculates and works with concepts. But it’s increasingly being recognised that there are other ways of knowing, and that the body plays a key part.

One way it is showing up is in the cognitive sciences. For example, Philip Barnard of Cambridge University has developed a model to understand how the mind works that includes the body. It draws on empirical research in psychology and sees the body as connected to what Barnard calls the ‘implicational subsystem’.

This implicit mode of understanding is particularly active when we are interacting with the world…

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