Acknowledging the reality of the extended mind might well lead us to embrace the extended heart.*
Annie Murphy Paul
You have the right to remain silent. But I hope you won’t. The world conspires to hold us back, but it can’t do that without our permission.**
I’ve been asked to write a blog about
doodling at Christmas,
So I thought to share
one of the things here that I’ll be including:
Doodling extends the mind.
And by Annie Murphy Paul’s argument,
Potentially the heart –
I would also add the will.
Here’s Paul’s list of mind extensions:
Interception (being more aware of what our body sensations are telling us),
Designing built environments,
Space of ideas,
Doodling appears as an expression of movement,
When we are stuck with text, we can keep our hand –
And our mind –
Moving with a doodle.
When we’re doodling, we’re listening,
We’re moving with what we’re listening to:
One study found that people who were directed to doodle while carrying out a boring listening task remembered 29 percent more information than people who did not doodle, likely because the latter group had let their attention slip away entirely.*
There are lots of other reasons why
doodling is good for us,
But I thought you’d like to know this one and
have a play.
*Annie Murphy Paul’s The Extended Mind;
**Seth Godin’s The Practice.