Considering the Being Human 2012 Conference

“Everyday, fresh insights from science and philosophy shed new light on the processes of human experience – the how of feeling, thinking, and believing – and invite us to redefine who we are as human beings,” reads the tagline of the 2012 Being Human Conference.  The conference hosts an impressive list of speakers, including neuroscientists, professors of philosophy and psychology, and an acclaimed film maker.  Some of the topics included are perception & sensations, individual & society, and conscience experience.  What all of these topics have in common, but no one is on the docket to speak about, is body movement.  As we continue to deepen our understanding of our human design-our physiology, our anatomy, our form- what emerges as the common denominator is the fact that how we move effects who we are.  Our human potential is equal to our understanding of our human design.  Yet, collectively our society is one that does not recognize–let alone teach–the importance of how we move.

From their website, The Being Human conference does seem to recognize this.  One speaker, Paul Ekman, began doing research on facial expression and body movement over 60 years ago.   Currently he is the manager of a “company that produces training devices relevant to emotional skills, and is initiating new research relevant to national security and law enforcement.”  He also focuses his research on deceit.  I look forward to hearing Mr. Ekman speak.  I also believe that for his foci to be the only representation on the far-reaching effects of movement in shaping us as humans is a telling reflection on the public discourse about movement in our society.