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#movement #spatiality #buildings ✱ Barbara Tversky

movement and action in space

Space places two fundamental constraints (that are reflected in though) on movement: proximity—near places are easier to get to than far ones; and gravity—going up is more effortful than going down. We change those moving things (freeze them, turn them into words and concepts) into static things so that we can act on them with our minds.

Action in space came long before language, as did thought based on action in space … actions in space change space, (create things we put in space), change ourselves, and change others … change our thought and the thought of others.

We look for patterns, … create structure, too, in actions, in talk, in communities, in science, in art—painting, sculpture, film, dance, poetry, drama, opera, journalism, fiction, music. … sometimes we just deconstruct and even destroy, to see what happens, to shake things up, to find new structures.

linked mentions for "movement and action in space":

  1. atmospheric and peripheral perception
    Neurological investigations suggest that our processes of perception and cognition advance from the instantaneous grasp of entities towards the
  2. the dominant sense of vision and the suppressed sense modality of touch
    Body is truly the very locus of perception, reference, memory, thought, and consciousness, imagination, and integration. All the senses, including
  3. integrative role of buildings and cities
    The essential mental task of buildings is accommodation and integration. They project our human measures and sense of order into the measureless and