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CEP818 – Embodiment

Chapter 5 • Embodied Thinking

Embodied Thinking involves two skills which generally feed into each other – Kinesthetic Thinking and Empathizing. Kinesthetic thinking means thinking with the body, including the sensations of muscle, skin and sinew; and the feelings in the body of movement, balance, and tensions. For example, in his thought experiments, Einstein imagined himself as a photon, and described not only what he saw, but what he

felt in his body (Root-Bernstein, 2003). Besides this trait of bodily thinking, an important element of embodied thinking is empathizing, or

imagining oneself in another’s position, walking in their shoes, or feeling what they might feel. Actors, poets, and novelists, for example frequently empathize with other people, animals, and characters in order to portray them in interesting ways. Individuals in the sciences must also sometimes apply empathetic thinking to understand other organisms, even non-living things and processes.

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