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David M Mills

David M Mills
Washington, USA

Finding Our Place in Time: The Art of Anticipation

You are living in the past. What you experience as the present is a result of several milliseconds to seconds of integrating sensory information. You are also living in the future. Your perceptions are shaped by your beliefs about what might be coming next.

As the American psychologist, George Kelly said we are all “living in anticipation.”

This practical workshop is based on two ideas:

  1. Our brains are prediction machines.
  2. We commonly think that perceiving and moving are two different activities. We are wrong.

Through a series of practical, playful activities, we will explore the recent science behind those two ideas.

As we do, this new perspective will fundamentally shift your understanding of Alexander’s concepts and principles, and in turn, deepen and enrich your practice.

About David M Mills

I was a graduate student in Biophysics when I first met Marjorie Barstow in 1974. When I dropped Catherine off in Lincoln, Nebraska for Marj’s summer workshop in something called The Alexander Technique, I wasn’t planning to attend that workshop myself the following summer, much less all of 20 summers after that. I recall that I found in Marj’s approach to what she liked to call “the discoveries of FM Alexander” a new kind of biophysics – a study of the workings of the whole human person, as a whole – and by that person. What in the world, I thought, could be a more fascinating field of study than ME? And what knowledge would be more useful? So I never did get that degree in Biophysics, though I did eventually get my PhD in Human Learning, and of course Alexander’s work played a central part.

Over the years of working with people engaged in all sorts of performance, I have enjoyed sharing their moments of fascination with their own “unity in action.” John Dewey claimed that this work “bears the same relation to education that education bears to all other human activities.” A strong statement. I continue to see my work with the Alexander Technique as a means of exploring what that statement might mean, and what it might be like to become educated in that way. In the meantime, I find that the secret compensation for practising the Technique is that we get to spend moments enjoying the presence of truly fascinating people – ourselves.


See also: David M Mills – Presenter Detail Page

Friday, 26 August 2022
12:00 h - 13:15 h (12.00pm-1.15pm)
Math Building
Floor: OG
Room: MA144

AT Principles and Procedures||Practical Teaching Skills||Science



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