Tim Ingold

It is time now to broaden our exploration of embodiment and cognition through the thought provoking and rich work of Tim Ingold (Wikipedia). Tim is truly interdisciplinary and he uses anthropological insights in a unique manner to chime into discussions that need to get out of a rut, by considering historical and cultural echoes and developments that, once brought out into the light, serve to greatly change about the manner in which we think about the mundane. Anthropology was, of course, one of the named disciplines in the logo of the cognitive science society upon its foundation, but you would hardly know that from cognitive science journal articles.

I am not qualified to introduce the thought of Tim, as you really have to meet him yourself. So here is a recent interview that roams over some of his influences. Please watch this and read the two articles below.

The first article continues several of the themes introduced in our discussion of joint speech: especially the odd separation of music and language or speech that seems to be taken for granted, but that has a specific trajectory we can follow:

*Ingold, Tim (2007) Language, Music and Notation, Chpt 1 of Lines: A Brief History, Routledge

The second considers how the body is shaped by our technologies, activities, cultures, and everything else.

*Ingold, Tim (2011) Culture on the Ground: The World Perceived Through the Feet, Chpt 3 of Being Alive, Essays on Movement, Knowledge and Description, Routledge.

You should read both articles for class. If you want to read some more of Ingold (and I highly recommend that you do so, now or at any time), here are a few more articles we have discussed in previous years:

Ingold, T. (2006). Rethinking the animate, re-animating thoughtEthnos71(1), 9-20.

Ingold, T. (1990). An Anthropologist Looks at Biology. Man (London), 25(2):208–229.

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