I had a lovely conversation with some colleagues from Tromsø University's School of Physiotherapy on Monday night after my keynote to the Norwegian Physiotherapists' Congress. Having talked about 'The End of Physiotherapy', they asked me a question I seem to be getting asked a lot now. "So" they said, "what's the answer ... what's the future for physiotherapy?" Now it's an absolutely foundational principle for me that it's not my place to tell people 'the answer' (as if there could ever be an answer). And that's partly because I subscribe to a Foucauldian approach to critical thinking that says you don't replace one bad hegemony (or dominant way of viewing the world) with another. But … [Read more...] about Leaving (physiotherapy) home
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In this post, physiotherapist and educator Wenche Bjorbækmo writes about the art of presenting qualitative research. The first time I saw the film The Cost of Living, by DV8 Physical Theatre (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZTMyWt50kk), it made an indelible impression on me. Over the course of a few late summer days in an English seaside resort, two out-of-work street performers -- Eddie and David -- encounter a variety of other people on the fringe of society. Dave, a double amputee, is determined to hold on to his independence, while tough, aggressive Eddie is a stalwart defender of justice and respect. The play presents a sequence of human tableaux that challenge our … [Read more...] about Wenche S. Bjorbækmo – The art of presenting qualitative research – 30DoS #24
Here's a thought. On Stephen Downes' ever reliable site, Downes recently reviewed an essay on Aeon by William Eamon, titled 'Six centuries of secularism: When the first ‘how-to’ books began to explain the way the world worked, they paved the way for science and secularism' (link). Now before you close the blog and think "what on earth did that have to do with physiotherapy", consider this argument from Downes, who summarises Eamon's ideas as an; [i]nteresting thesis: "by elaborating mechanical processes and spelling out how things worked – in striking contrast to the well-documented secrecy of the guilds – writers began to transform the mechanical arts from personal know-how into … [Read more...] about Is physiotherapy linked to the birth of modern writing?
Here is another Spanish translation by Alma Viviana Silva of an earlier blogpost. Again, huge thanks to Viviana for this amazing work. Neurociencia y una visión radical de la consciencia Uno de los mayores retos en la filosofía y la ciencia siempre ha sido definir lo que significa ser consciente. Para algo tan fundamental como nuestras creencias sobre lo que es real y qué es ficción, lo que es real o verdadero y lo que es falso, se podría pensar que los fundamentos básicos de nuestra creencia de que - de una conciencia biológica - sería un hecho científico. No lo es tanto asi. Los científicos y los filósofos no estan realmente más cerca de la comprensión de la naturaleza de la … [Read more...] about Neuroscience and a radical view of consciousness (Spanish)
One of the biggest challenges in philosophy and science has always been to define what it means to be conscious. For something so fundamental as our beliefs about what is fact and what is fiction, what is real or true and what is false, one might think that the basic foundations of our beliefs - that of a biological consciousness - would be a scientific fact. Not so. Scientists and philosophers are really no nearer to understanding the nature of consciousness than Descartes was in the 17th century when he argued that because our dreams are so vividly real, we had no way of proving that this very moment wasn't part of a dream. While some biological scientists are still trying to locate … [Read more...] about Neuroscience and a radical view of consciousness