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The Creation of Wing Chun

Below is an excerpt from the intro to this relatively recent scholarly book subtitled A Social History of the Southern Chinese Martial Arts that is now available in paperback. A man should always think of the source of the water as he drinks it; it is this shared feeling that keeps our kung fu brothers together. —Ip Man, “History…

Ip Chun

Born on this day and still going. I had the privilege of chi sao‘ing with sigung (master’s master) some 15 years ago in London and afterwards bumming a smoke from him outside. It’s also been three years since the loss of one of my sifus. bruce leeEmbodied cognitionG.K. Khoeip chunmartial artsWing Chunyip man

Embodied Functionalism and Inner Complexity: Simon’s 21st-Century Mind

The second in a series of excerpts from Minds, Models and Milieux: Commemorating the Centennial of the Birth of Herbert Simon. Robert D. Rupert One can hardly underestimate Herbert Simon’s influence on contemporary cognitive science and empirically oriented philosophy of mind. Working with collaborators at Carnegie Mellon and the Rand Corporation, he wrote Logic Theorist and General Problem…

Enactive View of Cognition

Here’s a batch review by the very excellent Rob Rupert of three books that have been out for a while. Anthony ChemeroCognitionCognitive neuroscienceCognitive scienceconsciousnessEmbodied cognitionenactivismExtended MindExternalismEzequiel Di Paolojohn stewartMark Rowlandsolivier gapennePhilosophy of mindRob Rupertsituated cognition

Jonah Lomu — The Greatest

Sad news reported in The Guardian. Try facing him with no helmet and padding/armour a la North American football and coming at you at serious sprinter speed carrying 262 pounds and with the presence of mind of a terrier. I saw his finest hour in a pub in La Baule during the World Cup ’95. all…