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Kant: The hand is the window on to the mind.

June 3, 2013

Part of a series of blog posts about the 3:15 Experiment events in Seattle June 2, 2013.

Compassionate Rebel centuries ago, Immanuel Kant casually remarked: “The hand is the window on to the mind.”

Modern science has sought to make good on this observation. Of all our limbs, the hands make the most varied movements, movements that can be controlled at will. Science has sought to show how these motions, plus the hand’s different ways of gripping and the sense of touch, affect the ways we think.

–Richard Sennet, author of The Craftsman
from “Labors of Love” an article in The Guardian Feb. 1, 2008

I’m in Seattle right now, working on a paper about the 3:15 Experiment as part of my doctoral field work. Danika Dinsmore and Bernadette Meyer started the Experiment in 1993 as a way to write in non-drug induced altered states of consciousness and to discover what it would be like to write collectively (at the same time) but individually (alone) to join in…

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