Classical Physics and Somatic Meditation
Idea Factory Lecture Series
Lawrence Technological University
December 1st, 2020 7:00 p.m.
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One of the objectives of the undergraduate physics curriculum is for students to become aware of the connections between the fundamental principles of classical physics and their personal experience. Nonetheless, numerous studies in physics education research have shown that students' awareness of such connections tends to deteriorate, sometimes substantially, following instruction. .n this talk, . will discuss a collection of contemplative practices aimed at integrating formal physical principles with students' personal, embodied experience. . will also share excerpts of students' written reflections on their experiences with the practices, in which they report recognizing interdisciplinary connections between physical principles and chemical and biological systems, experiencing a sense of curiosity and an intrinsic motivation to deepen their understanding of physical principles, and appreciating the somatic, affective, and cognitive benefits of a contemplative practice.
Director of Graduate Studies and Senior Lecturer
Department of Physics University of Chicago
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