Thursday, November 12, 2009

The truth of nonlinguistic embodied communication

An embodied communication is more like a dance than a word. The flow
of entangled meaningful bodies in time - whether jerky and nervous or
flaming and flowing, whether both partners move in harmony or
painfully out of synch or something else altogether - is communication
about relationship, the relationship itself, and the means of
reshaping relationship and so its enacters. ... As Smuts puts it,
"Changes in greetings are a change in the relationship... With
language, it is possible to lie and say we like someone when we don't.
However, ... closely interacting bodies tend to tell the truth".
-- Donna Haraway, When Species Meet, p.26

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