My interest in the brain

I’m attaching a paper that I wrote for a Psychology of the Brain Graduate Seminar at the University of New Mexico. This paper was my first attempt at using words to describe some basic stuffs I found interesting about the brain.  At the time, I was a student in a professional training program for the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education(R).  I felt that Moshe Feldenkrais was a neuroscientist before the field existed in the capacity it does today.  Now, I use my certification as a Feldenkrais Practitioner to continue to explore the way Feldenkrais came to understand and work with a nervous system, and the way the nervous system exists in the image of both the expert neuroscientist and also the common man.  Just Not Too Seriously.

 

Download paper here:

Function and Experience, In Learning, Through the Feldenkrais Method

Mary Oliver’s “And Bob Dylan Too”

“And Bob Dylan Too”

by Mary Oliver, published in A Thousand Mornings

 

“Anything worth thinking about is worth singing about.”

Which is why we have songs of praise, songs of love, songs of sorrow.

Songs to the gods, who have so many names.

Songs the shepherds sing, on the lonely mountains, while the sheep are honoring the grass, by eating it.

The dance-songs of the bees, to tell where the flowers, suddenly, in the morning light, have opened.

A chorus of many, shouting to heaven, or at it, or pleading.

Or that greatest of love affairs, a violin and a human body.

And a composer, maybe hundreds of years dead.

I think of Schubert, scribbling on a cafe napkin.

Thank you, thank you.